The Mauroy family has 14 hectares of Pouilly Fumé vineyards, located on the South facing slopes of Pouilly-sur-Loire and SaintAndelain, the village originally made famous by Didier Dagueneau. In the past, Domaine de Bel Air sold most of its production in bulk. However, the arrival on the scene of daughter Katia as winemaker has heralded huge improvements at the gravity fed winery. The resulting wines are serious yet generous and among the best in the appellation. Gold and trophies at the IWC awards for the past few years are testament to the phenomenal value this wine offers.
The fruit for this wine comes from a selection of the oldest vines in a lieu-dit on the Saint Andelain slopes above the river. The vines are south-east facing and planted on specifically Kimmeridgianmarl soils. These factors support the gradual ripening of concentrated fruit. Here, the domaine is also able to practise sustainable viticulture.
The 2019 vintage was once again affected by spring frost, which reduced yields across the region. At the other end of the scale, temperatures during the summer months were very high, which further reduced yields but lead to more concentration within the fruit. Despite these lower crop levels, the quality of the grapes harvested was high.
The grapes were harvested between the hours of 04:00 and 12:00, in order to keep the grapes cool and prevent oxidation of the delicate aromas. Fermentation took place in temperaturecontrolled, stainless-steel tanks in the historic cellars in Le Bouchot. The wine then spent between three and four months on its lees, giving it a more nuanced, silken and ‘gourmand’ character than the domaine's classic Pouilly Fumé.
Well-balanced and rounded, this wine delights with its fruity and mineral flavour profile. The lees character adds complexity and texture on the mid-palate. It displays excellent tension through to the finish which is long and has a subtle spiced, flinty-ginger kick.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian