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Loire Valley Wines

Wine appellations of the Loire Valley

A Guide to wines of the Loire Valley

Selected Loire Valley wines


The wine appellation of Pouilly-Fumé

Pouilly-sur-Loire winery


Pouilly Fumé’s smoky “gunflint” aroma is its trademark, especially notable in wines grown on limestone soils. Unlike Sancerre, its neighbor on the left bank of the Loire, Pouilly Fumé is dedicated exclusively to the production of white wine, growing Sauvignon Blanc and Chasselas.

Vineyards of Pouilly-Fumé

The vineyards of Pouilly-Fumé

Location: 18 communes comprise the appellation, which is located on the right bank of the Loire in the Nièvre department.

Vineyards: Pouilly-Fumé wine is produced in Pouilly-sur-Loire, Saint-Andelain, Tracy-sur-Loire (village Boisgibault), Saint-Laurent-l'Abbaye, Mesves-sur-Loire, Saint-Martin-sur-Nohain and Garchy.

Surface Area: Pouilly Fumé: 1,200 hectares / 2,965 acres Pouilly-sur-Loire: 40 hectares / 99 acres

Yeild: 65 hl/ha

Soil: Several types of soil are found here: limestone (aka “caillottes”) on the east and west sides of the vineyard, Kimmerdigin limestone with oyster traces (“marne à huitre”) and limestone-clay and siliceous clay.

Climate: Temperate with a continental tendency (hot summers, cold winters). Rainfall averages 24-31 inches per year.

Wine of Pouilly Fumé Wine of Pouilly Fumé

Wines of AOC Pouilly-Fumé

Annual Production: Pouilly Fumé: 70,400 hl / 1,859,771 gallons Pouilly-sur-Loire: 2,000 hl / 52,834 gallons

Grape Varieties: Pouilly Fumé: Sauvignon Blanc Pouilly-sur-Loire: Chasselas

Tasting notes

White Appearance: Pale straw yellow. Nose: Pouilly-Fumé - Intense aromas of grapefruit and white flowers. Pouilly-sur-Loire - Pleasant, soft fruit notes. Flavours: Pouilly-Fumé - Light-to-medium-bodied with crisp acidity, bright citrus flavors and flinty minerality. Pouilly-sur-Loire - Light-to-medium-bodied and easy drinking, typically with a lower alcohol than Pouilly Fumé.

Serving suggestions AOC Pouilly Fumé A versatile wine to pair with everything from grilled fish to scallops to roast pork, and the cheese board.

Serving suggestions AOC Pouilly-sur-Loire wines Try with fried shrimp, charcuterie and simple pasta salads.

Storage Drink young and fresh, 2-3 years.

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The Loire Valley produces wine in a wide range of colours and styles. Our tours give you a unique opportunity to taste these wines, look at the production facilities and often meet the owners. As enthusiasts ourselves, we make a point of seeking out the best.

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