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Saumur Lieu Dit Les Pouches 2013 750ml
Sku: 24925
A lieu dit, literally ‘said place’ or ‘place name’, Les Pouches is a single vineyard within the Saumur appellation, just west of Vouvray in the central Loire Valley, about 150 miles southwes ...more
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Country: France
Region: Loire
Sub-Region: Anjou-Saumur
Appellation: Saumur
Grape Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Type: Still wine
 
Reg. $11.99

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Gold with green hues. Intense nose with peach, lemon zest and grapefruit, a whole fruit bowl in a glass! Vivid start, tight mouth supported by the aromas of fresh grapes, suave ending with a long persistence of the peach.

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A lieu dit, literally ‘said place’ or ‘place name’, Les Pouches is a single vineyard within the Saumur appellation, just west of Vouvray in the central Loire Valley, about 150 miles southwest of Paris. Saumur is a storied town boasting a fairy tale castle, its tumultuous history as a center of Protestant culture hardly discernible from its picturesque face today.

This area overlooking the Loire has deep caves formerly used for human habitation. For a thousand years peasants dug into the local hillsides to create dwellings in the limestone rock known as tufa. The shallow soil of the vineyards, clay and silt sands of only about two feet in depth, repose on this carbonate formation of Turonian limestone In the wake of the resurgence in popularity of Riesling and the ever-growing demand for Sauvignon Blanc, we feel it only logical that a surge in popularity of the very under-appreciated Chenin Blanc grape cannot be far behind, particularly if you, the public, taste Chenin Blanc wines such as this Saumur.

We tasted it in an exhaustive 180-bottle tasting for our fall newsletter, and it clearly stood out and rivaled whites twice its price – with a pale gold color and glints of silver; a suave nose of ripe pear and white peach; flavors of honey, acacia, lime and a hint of flintiness, it exhibited excellent body, excellent acidity, great balance and fantastic value for the money. Only 4,000 cases of this wine are made each year. The average age of the vines in the 16 acre ‘Les Pouches’

Food pairing
Fish with cream sauce, roast duck with peaches, Asian food, fresh goat’s cheese; also ideal as an aperitif wine.