Juice 2018 Pouilly-Fumé, Domaine de Bel Air, Loire Valley, FRA
Grape 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting Note This wine is pale lemon yellow in colour. The nose is intense and complex with aromas of white peach, pear, mango and a touch of minerality. On the palate, this wine is supple and delicate, with well-balanced sweetness and a long, intense finish.
The Mauroy family has 14 hectares of Pouilly-Fumé vineyards, located on the South facing slopes of Pouilly-sur-Loire and Saint Andelain, the village originally made famous by Didier Dagueneau. In the past, Domaine de Bel Air sold most of its production in bulk. However, the arrival on the scene of daughter Katia as winemaker has heralded huge improvements at the gravity fed winery. The resulting wines are serious yet generous and among the best in the appellation. Gold and trophies at the IWC awards for the past few years are testament to the phenomenal value this wine offers.
We believe this is a lovely expression of both the Sauvignon Blanc varietal and the Pouilly-Fumé appellation. Katia Mauroy has worked tirelessly to elevate the status and quality of her family Domaine and we are huge fans of the work she has done and the resulting juice. Purity, precision and bags of varietal and regional typicity ensure endless joy for any serious Sauvignon lover.
Sauvignon Blanc is generally a very versatile variety to pair food with and this expression is no exception. We love the regional pairing of Goat’s Cheese with the vibrant acidity of the wine cutting through the creaminess of the cheese. Grilled Asparagus and or Courgette’s with the aforementioned cheese and a glass of Pouilly-Fumé would be an absolute winner and we also quite like the idea of pairing it with smoked salmon served simply with slivers of Spanish onion, capers, crème fraiche and a wedge of lemon. If you’re feeling extravagant you could add grilled asparagus and a poached egg to the dish to elevate it to another level of decadence.