Blanc Fumé 2018

Domaine Pascal Jolivet


Summary: By changing the name of his wine from “Pouilly-Fume” to “Blanc-Fumé” starting with the 2018 vintage, Pascal is taking the wine back to the its roots. “Blanc-Fumé” is the original name of the appellation that was created in 1937 (Blanc-Fumé de Pouilly). He is also going back to his family roots. Before Pascal Jolivet created his own Domaine, his grand-father Lucien Jolivet, was already using the name “Blanc-Fumé” on his labels. “Blanc-Fumé” translates to “Smoky-White”. Why “smoky”? Because of the greyish hue (color of smoke) that the grapes get coated with upon maturity, as well as the “gun flint” aromas that the wine expresses.

Terroir & Vinification: Under the name “Blanc-Fumé”, the wine is produced 100% from Pascal’s own vineyards, under the supervi­sion and expertise of his vineyard management team using organic fanning methods. The wine is vinified by his talented winemaker Valentina Buoso in the “Pascal Jolivet” natural way: wild yeast, temperature-control­led vinification, ageing on lees, cold settling (no enzyme), and low sulfites.

An Alternative to Sancerre: As the neighboring “Sancerre” appellation is gaining popularity, Pascal is confident that the “Blanc-Fumé” rebranding will “capture the interest of the wine drinkers who want an alternative to Sancerre.” The wine quality of “Blanc-Fumé” is equivalent to “Sancerre”; same grape (Sauvignon Blanc), same complexity, similar price-point, but with different tasting profiles.

Additional Information

The 2018 Pascal Jolivet Blanc Fumé is a vibrant yellow color with a dry focused nose of citrus and gun-flinty minerality. On the palate the wine is medium in body, incredibly precise and layered with clean, driving acidity.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Pouilly-Fumé
  • Sustainability: Organic Practices
  • Primary Soil: Calcareous, Sand, Limestone
  • Alcohol: <14%
  • Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Recent Press

  • Score: 93 Points

    JamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
    Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
    "Very subtle aromas with tropical fruit such as mango and papaya with the lemon and slate undertones on both the nose and palate. Full body. Layered and flavorful. Lots going on here. Delicious and zingy. Drink now."

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