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Pouilly Fumé Aubaine , Domaine Jonathan Pabiot

France | 2017
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£33.50 a bottle

Fabulous Domaine and viewed by many as the new Didier Dageneau. Precise, refined and intensely mineral style, with the most delicate of citric fruit flavours, led by pink grapefruit. When a number of producers are focusing on later harvested and more fruit driven styles, Jonathan’s wines are almost crystalline in character and truly taste of the soil as well as the grape – Sauvignon Blanc.

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Origin

The estate is split across 5 different communes which provide a broad palate of soils and terroir for blending. A practitioner of early harvesting, Pabiot’s wines have a hall mark spine of refreshing acidity and elevated mineral notes, creating very refined wines.

Producer

Jonathan is the fifth generation of Pabiot’s to have toiled the soils of Pouilly Fumé. His grandfather, Lucien, and father Didier, had steadily built up the business, but mainly in the mode of a co-operative. In the process they built a very modern cellar above the hamlet of Les Loges in 1990 and evolved into a true Domaine – and began bottling their own wines.

Jonathan was sent to the local college in Cosne-sur-Loire to learn viticulture but dropped out, fearing his lessons contained too much theory and too little practice! Instead, he headed to Faugères and did an intern at Domaine Léon Barral. He returned to Les Loges in 2006 and, with worked 2.5 hectares of vines granted to him by his father, and a further one hectare which he rented. From these Jonathan produced his first wine.

Within a year he had managed to convince his somewhat sceptical father to convert to organic methods, with certification awarded with the 2010 vintage. He is – somewhat incredibly – one of only three growers (out of the 150 active in the appellation) to farm organically! By the 2011 season, Jonathan was considered by Didier to have ‘worked his apprenticeship’ and the two effectively combined their 18 hectares in an irresistible transition from father to son.

Grape Variety

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Aubaine (best translated as ‘something to appreciate’) is sourced from a single parcel on very poor soils around Tracy. About 3,000 bottles are made each year, it is fermented in stainless steel and is aged for one year in a subterranean tank on its fine lees.

Food Match

Just made for pairing with shellfish, also sushi – or a wonderful aperitif.

Alcohol Percentage

12.5%

Additional information

Vintage

2017

Country of Origin

Grape Variety

Food Pairing

Seafood, Shellfish

Region

Loire Valley

Alcohol Percentage

12.5%

Style

Fruity & Aromatic Whites

Other

Organic

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