Domaine de Bel Air

Loire, loire France

The Mauroy family has 15 hectares of Pouilly-Fumé vineyards, located on the south-facing slopes of Pouilly-sur-Loire and Saint-Andelain. Winemaker Katia Mauroy-Gauliez co-owns the estate with her brother Cédric. They are the eighth generation to oversee Domaine de Bel Air, which has been the family estate since the 19th century. Katia’s wines are structured yet generous and among the best in the appellation.

To add complexity to the Pouilly-Fumé blend, the fruit is sourced from three different vineyard parcels. The majority of the blend comes from a parcel on Kimmeridgian limestone, which lends the wine its mineral structure. The remainder comes from a combination of limestone, clay and sand, which supplies the ample fruit and aromatics to the blend. This wine has a distinctive flinty character with a lovely undertone of ripe white currants. It is classic, understated and a joy to drink.

New to our list this year is the ‘Cuvée des Acoins’ Pouilly-Fumé. This is parcel selection from vineyards planted on marl soils, giving a rich texture to the finished wine. Notes of yellow fruits, blossom and hints of ginger linger on the palate which is well-balanced with bright, refreshing acidity.

 

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