Robert Poirier established the La Renardière domaine close to a small wood with a healthy population of foxes (‘renardière’ translates as foxhole). He was a pioneer with a passion for modernism; he cleared the hillsides, planted vines in the Kimmeridgian marl, introduced new pruning methods, and won the estate’s first medals – the quality lives on all of these years later and this wine really is something special. Robert was firm believer in the potential of Pouilly-Fumé, he expanded the estate over the years and even opened a wine bar named “Au Pouilly” in Nevers – this sounds like our kind of place.
Pouilly Fume is similar stylistically to Sancerre but from the neighbouring village of Pouilly Sur Loire on the other side of the river. The word fume is in reference to the slight smokiness in the wine imparted by the limestone and flinty clay soils. This is what makes this wine so special, these soils give that signature gun flint character which makes Pouilly Fume stand out against the rest of the worlds Sauvignon Blanc. The individual parcels of vines are vinified separately so that winemakers can really hand craft the perfect cuvee picking out the various nuances in the wines and some of the grapes are macerated on the skins for a short period to maximise flavour complexity.
The wine has generous ripe fruit flavours, whilst remaining precision and freshness. Floral and herbaceous on the nose, this is a concentrated wine with great elegance, complexity and power.
Goats cheese is a classic pairing here but also amazing with oysters, grilled fish with mango salsa or lemon chicken.