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Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fumé Indigène 2013

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“It’s not about making French wine but making our own greater,” says Klein Constantia MD Hans Astrom about his ongoing collaboration with Loire producer Pascal Jolivet – the two are long-time friends and with Sauvignon Blanc featuring prominently in both their portfolios, they are constantly swapping ideas.

Today Jolivet’s head winemaker Valentina Buoso presented fives wines from the 2014 vintage and the two Grande Cuvees from 2013 – the domaine controls 70 hectares of vineyards (42ha in Sancerre, 8 in Pouilly Fumé and 20 in Touraine) and one of their hallmarks is spontaneous fermentation across the board.

A terrific line-up overall but the stand-out wine was probably the Pouilly Fumé Indigène 2013. Top notes of blackcurrant and elderflower before white peach. Rich and satisfying – plenty of presence on the palate but still possessing grace and fluidity. Astrom says he wants Klein Constantia’s own wines to have similiar weight without sacrificing elegance and experiments are ongoing…

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