2014 Domaine Tabordet "L'Autre Rive" Pouilly Fumé (Previously $24) SKU #1297398

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Tasting Notes

Nestled in the village of Verdigny, Domain Tabordet is run by brothers Yvon and Pascal Tabordet, who took the reins back in 1981. When the two brothers first took over the estate it consisted of 3 hectares (7.4 acres) in Sancerre. By 1988 they had added another 4.5 hectares of Sancerre and also added 12 hectares (29.7 acres) in neighboring Pouilly Fumé, just across the Loire River. Wine growing in Pouilly Fumé dates back to the fifth century when the Romans dominated the area. In 1937 it became an official Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) of France. Wine called Pouilly Fumé is required to be 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The soils here have a similar character to those of Sancerre, but one of the defining characteristics of Pouilly Fumé wines is the smoky, flinty aromas (fumé). These aromas come from the high concentration of silex, a.k.a. flint, found in the soil here. By taking a very simple but well-focused approach to farming and vinification, Domaine Tabordet does a really fantastic job of letting the grape and all of its character shine through.

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  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Is it Sancerre? Mais non! C'est Pouilly Fumé! Sophisticated, crisp, and perfect for everything from the holidays to spring picnics, the delicious and bright 2014 Tabordet is finally here! This Sauvignon Blanc has the familiar minerally taste profile of neighboring Sancerre, but with the unique flintiness that defines Pouilly Fumé. Domaine Tabordet is an especially focused, high quality producer, and L'Autre Rive really showcases how lean yet complex Loire whites can be.


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