Domaine Masson-Blondelet, AOC/AOP Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France, 2014
Fume refers to the grey-smoky hued bloom occurring on the skins when the grapes are ready to pick. Varietal sauvignon blanc, natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Waitrose, £12
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas of white grapefruit, lemon pith, green apple, unripe passionfruit, elderflower, green herbs, green pepper, cut grass.
Palate: a dry wine, high acidity, medium alcohol, a medium (-) body, medium (+) intensity, a light grip – though no hint of oak, with flavours of green apple, grapefruit, green pepper and green herbs. A long length and a clean apple-citrus finish with a very light grip.
Quality: a very good quality wine, balanced acidity with quite strong intensity of fresh green and citrus fruit. Showing some complexity with concentrated green and citrus fruit along with a slightly warmer passionfruit, then vegetal nuances, following though to the long length and clean finish.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: drink now, not suitable for ageing, made for early consumption with fresh flavours, though it will keep for 1-2 years. With further time the aromas and flavours will simply fade.