Run by Pascal and Marie-Laure together with their son Marius, Domaine Tabordet is a 19 hectare estate, including five hectares in Sancerre and 14 in Pouilly-Fumé. The domain is very much a family business, run in a traditional spirit, but using the latest winemaking technology.
The vineyards are managed with the utmost respect for the sustainability and biodiversity. The resulting wines are a true reflection of the diverse terroirs which make up their estate showing characteristic flinty flavours, with good weight and a full body.
The vineyard is situated in the heart of the Pouilly Fumé appellation on the right bank of the Loire River. The vines are carefully cultivated throughout the year with debudding of the vines, tilling of the soil to reduce the need for weed killers and certain parcels are left with grass cover to limit the vigour of the vines.
Deleafing takes place at the end of June. The soil in the vineyard is made up of Kimmeridgian marl, which is a chalky clay, flint and pebbly limestone, known locally as "caillottes". The soil imparts the distinctive mineral and flinty characteristics to the wine. The harvest takes place between mid- September and mid-October when the grapes have reached optimal maturity and the vines are machine harvested in order to retain the freshness and aromatics in the berries.
Winemaking The grapes were very gently pressed by a pneumatic press, to avoid any stalky flavours. The juice was then left to settle so it was as clear as possible, racked and then fermented in temperature controlled tanks with the use of neutral yeasts. The wine was aged for six months on its lees, prior to being bottled.
Tasting Note A classic Pouilly Fumé showing minerality complemented by notes of exotic fruits, tangerine, pink grapefruit and spicy undertones. The palate is powerful and refreshing and delivers a long, flinty finish.
Serving Suggestion A great apéritif which is also delicious with fish and seafood.
Grape Sauvignon Blanc 100%