Pouilly Blanc Fume `Les Pierres Blanches` Dom. Bel Air 2021
Domaine Belair is planted with 13 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc on a variety of soils, calcaire at le Bouchot, marnes at St Andelain and sand in Pouilly. The winemaking is thoroughly modern and the resulting blend is consistent with typical rich aromas of nettles, gooseberry and minerals, followed on the palate by good weight of fruit and acidity with a flinty finish.
Perfect accompaniment to fish, oriental dishes and chicken.
This beautiful region is situated 200Km south of Paris and extends west along the high reaches of the Loire River. This is a cold climate northern wine making region and includes the following famous villages; Sancerre, Pouilly Sur Loire, Quincy and Menetou-Salon. There are only two permitted grape varieties, namely, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The soils have a high percentage of flint and limestone and this results in crisp, aromatic whites and perfumed, elegant rose and reds. Littered with artisan producers, the best single domaine wines are made in small quantities and are of top drawer quality. In recent years, the demand for the best wines in the region has exceeded supply.
This 13.5 hectare domaine is set in the commune of le Bouchot on the slopes coming out of the village of Pouilly. It is very much a family affair in the hands of Katia Mauroy-Gauliez, who co-owns the estate with her father and brother, and who was the driving force behind the new winery built in 2002.