2011 Hubert Veneau Pouilly Fumé

SKU #1108061 90 points Wine Spectator

 This has lovely cut, with a chalk core framed by hints of paraffin, blanched almond and straw, ending with a long, lightly smoky finish. Delicious. Drink now through 2013.  (6/2012)

K&L Notes

In the shadows of Sancerre and, just on the other side of the Loire River, is the often overlooked growing region of Pouilly Fumé. They grow one thing here and they grow it to a world class standard, Sauvignon Blanc. The wines coming from Domaine Hubert Veneau are no exception. In fact, they are so highly regarded that they are served on the tables of the French Parliament - imagine how fussy that group is. The domaine has been a family run estate for generations and is now run by brothers Bertrand and Jerome. This particular wine, which we are so excited about, comes from vines averaging about 30 years old planted in sandy chalky soils which have an intense amount of flint dispersed throughout. It is this combination that provides such a unique character and verve to the wine. A wonderfully floral nose with loads of citrus along with the classic Pouilly texture which is creamy and layered with hints of flinty mineral on the finish. Fantastic with any and all seafood, roasted chicken and summer salads. (Eric Story, Loire Buyer) "A fine example of Pouilly Fume from a fine vintage. It is clean, crisp, and somewhat chalky on the palate-a great summertime sipper at a fabulous price." (Clyde Beffa, The Head Honcho)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2012 | Send Email
Bright, minerally and delicious.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2012 | Send Email
For those of you who don't know me, I am a complete Sauvignon Blanc fanatic! Especially when there coming from the Loire Valley. I just tasted this over lunch with my colleague out here in La's 95Degree weather and we both thought to ourselves, "this couldn't taste any better!" Super crisp, clean and refreshing on the palate with subtle hints of fruit and minerals on the nose. Its racy without being overly austere perfect for sipping over lighter fare or just drinking on its own! For the price its a steal!

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.