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 farming 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.
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.
Score: 93 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
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