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!
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.
Producer: Tesco’s Finest Pouilly Fumé
Region: Pouilly Fumé AOC
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Colour: Medium Lemon
Price: £13 (Tesco)
Floral: Elderflower blossoms
Fruit: Grapefruit, lime, lemon pith, white peach
Other: Salinity and Smokey minerality
Drinking Window: 2-3 years