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Bertrand Jeannot


Domaine Des Riaux
Bertrand Jeannot Pouilly Fume

Two hundred kilometers south of Paris, situated on the Loire River, is the village of Saint Adelain. Here, in the wine growing district of Pouilly-sur-Loire, we find Domaine de Riaux, owned and operated by the Jeannot family for over 200 years. Today the estate is run by Bertrand Jeannot and his son Alexis, both graduates of the Lycée Viticole de Beaune in Burgundy.

Twelve hectares of vines ranging from 3-50 years old are tenderly cultivated in a terroir consisting of 60% flint, 30% marl and 10% chalk. Typical of this appellation, Sauvignon Blanc is the only grape planted. The gun flint adds vivacity and aromatic intensity to the wine, the marl gives it depth, and the chalk in the soil gives the wine its freshness. The greatest care is taken both in the cultivation of the vineyards and the care of the vines, to the loving attention in the wine-making process in the cellar. After the harvest, the grapes are pneumatically pressed and then decanted for 12-24 hours. Fermentation is done under controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks. After racking-off the wine stays on very fine lees until filtration and blending; bottling is done in March or early April.

In the last 15 years their cuvée Pouilly Fumé has become known outside of France and since 1999 has consistently received awards such as gold and silver medals in Paris for the “Great Agricultural Challenge” as well as the prestigious “Heart” and “Star” awards from the famous Hatchett Guide, gold medals for the “Great French wines of Macon” and the famous “Gold Bergondia”.

This lovely wine displays classic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of a pale golden color with greenish reflections and aromas of honeysuckle and acacia. It is beautifully structured and well balanced and matures well in the bottle. Ideal served with fish, chicken and cheeses, or simply to enjoy as a sipping wine. Serve chilled.