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