Tasting Notes

Tesco’s Finest 2020 Pouilly Fumé

The Vigneview Verdict

Honestly, I’ve lost count over how may bottles I bought of this gorgeous Tesco’s Finest 2020 Pouilly Fumé. This dry white wine is made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes from vines grown within the Pouilly Fumé AOC in France’s Loire Valley.

First of all, let’s pronounce Pouilly Fumé correctly…”Pooyee Foomay!” Voila! Bravo! You’ve said it correctly!

The name Pouilly is short for the tiny Loire Valley village of Pouilly-sur-Loire and Fumé means “smoke” in French. It may seem a bit odd to name a wine after smoke, but actually, there are two valid reasons for this. During harvest the Sauvignon Blanc grapes develop a smokey bloom on their skins, which is actually the ambient yeasts forming. Secondly, the flinty, clay soil in the area imparts subtle smokey notes along with a distinct minerality that is characteristic of wines from the Pouilly-Fumé AOC.

The wines from Pouilly-Fumé tend to be aromatic, medium bodied, filled with bright acidity and benefit from a lengthy, flavourful finish. This particular bottle of Tesco’s Finest 2020 Pouilly Fumé, has a bit of noticeable salinity on the finish which helps create a lasting finish and more rounded mouthfeel.

You’re going to benefit from a bounty of aromas and flavours ranging from elderflower blossom, grapefruit, lime, lemon zest and white peach along with a subtle smokey minerality on the finish.

I hope you enjoy this wine as much I do. At just £13 a bottle, you’re definitely getting a fabulous wine at an unbeatable price point!

Food Pairing

Pair this bottle of Tesco’s Finest 2020 Pouilly Fumé with my delicious Sliced Avocado and Beetroot Hummus on Rye recipe. If you’re looking for a great cheese pairing try a UK Dorstone, Chevré or even a Loire Valley specialty Selles-sur-Cher.

Selles-sur-Cher cheese and Pouilly Fumé
Tesco’s Finest 2020 Pouilly Fumé wine enjoyed with Selles-sur-Cher cheese from the Loire Valley

Cheers! x

Producer: Tesco’s Finest Pouilly Fumé

Country: France

Region: Pouilly Fumé AOC

Vintage: 2020

Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc

Closure: Cork

Style: Still

Colour: Medium Lemon

Sweetness: Dry

Price: £13 (Tesco)

Acidity: Medium+

Alcohol: 13%

Body: Medium


Floral: Elderflower blossoms

Fruit: Grapefruit, lime, lemon pith, white peach

Herbaceous: Grass

Other: Salinity and Smokey minerality

Drinking Window: 2-3 years