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Bruno Blondelet is from a family of Pouilly Fumé producers; his family have been producing wine in the Loire Valley for 3 generations. Note, to avoid confusion Pouilly Fumé is Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire whilst Pouilly Fuissé is Chardonnay from Burgundy. Both classy French wines but quite different.
Bruno has a number of small vineyards (totalling 12 hectares); he makes separate Sauvignon Blanc wines from each of his vineyards and then blends them into his classic Pouilly Fumé. Bruno is keen to create an aromatic Sauvignon Blanc expressive of the grape and of the unique flinty soils of the Pouilly Fumé region and so this wine is unoaked.
Bruno Blondelet's Pouilly Fumé is a lovely, complex wine with classic gooseberry and green apple aromas and flavours but also with hints of pineapple, lime tangerines and nectarines. There is a touch of flintiness, a little like wet stones. Like a good Sancerre this is a pretty, elegant Sauvignon Blanc. There is a very light creaminess to the wine veering towards a medium body but the wine is essentially light and refreshingly crisp as you would expect - and on re-tasting it I was impressed with the really long, tasty finish. Superb!
Unoaked Pouilly Fumé like this one will go well with seafood, fish and poultry dishes. Also, perhaps surprisingly, it can cope with goats cheese, ricotta even feta and Parmesan and acidic food like vinaigrette and tomatoes.
This Pouilly Fumé is a classic expression of Sauvignon Blanc, similar to the other prestigious Sauvignon Blanc appellation, Sancerre, but a little more minerally; it is complex with a light creamy texture, yet refreshingly crisp