2010 Hubert Veneau Pouilly Fumé (Previously $18)

SKU #1073281

The Hubert Veneau vineyards have been a family estate for several generations. It was taken over by Hubert in the 70s and is now managed by the two sons: Bertrand, 35, and Jérôme, 34. It covers 93.90 acres and produces Pouilly Fumé on 44.48 acres and Côteaux du Génois on 49.42 acres. The wines of the Veneau brothers are served all around the world and notably at the table of the French Parliament. Aged in stainless steel tank with extended lees contact. Pale and yellow with a floral and fruity nose of grapefruit. Full on the palate with a hint of flintiness. A refreshing wine to enjoy with seafood. Will age nicely for the next 4-7 years.

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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/21/2012  | Send Email
A perfect balance of fruit and acid that finishes with a zing! I like this better than some of the higher priced Sancerres even! For under $20 you get wine thats drinking perfectly and far better than the price! I love the texture on the mid palate, super elegant and bright, food friendly and also easy enough to drink on its own. Perfect spring/summer Sauvignon Blanc.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2012  | Send Email
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Classic Pouilly Fume. Bright citrus fruit, hints of crushed herbs a crisp, acidic finish and some mineral notes that linger on the palate. Great fresh white for seafood or sipping in the sunshine.

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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.
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France

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Loire

- 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.