Henri Bourgeois "La Porte de L'Abbaye" Pouilly Fume 2022
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For ten generations now the Bourgeois family has devoted its passion and values to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, becoming Sancerre’s most well-known producer. The company is now led by the current generation of the family – Jean-Marie and Remi Bourgeois. The winery and family base is the village of Chavignol, and Domaine holdings can be found on a mosaic of plots throughout Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Each plot is isolated and worked in respect of its origin to reveal, in the most precise and true way, the expression of its terroir, whether we are talking Kimmeridgian marls, flint, or limestone clay soils. We see this expressed in a dizzying array of bottlings, many of which are amongst the most sought after of their kind in the Loire each year.
After a gentle pressing and 24 hour settling of the juice, the wine ferments in thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks at 15-18 C. These long fermentations give more intense and delicate aromas. The wine then needs five months of maturation on its fine lees at cool temperature before bottling.
This Pouilly-Fume comes from the chalky-clay hills of Saint-Andelain, peak of the appellation where grape growing dates back to the Roman era. Its terroir is made of hard calcareous rock which gives Pouilly-Fume its minerality, finesse and fresh and lively character.