Jonathan Didier Pabiot Pouilly Fumé Luminance 2020


Luminance is crafted from vines with an average age of 50 years. Planted in Kimmeridgian limestone with an active lime content of over 70%. A high active lime content is a feature of the region, but at this level, the vines must work very hard indeed for nutrients and water. The vineyard is terraced, steep and warm. Luminance is the deepest, richest and most opulent of Pabiot’s wines. Curvy and Baroque, every flavour a flourish, every detail a cutting nuance. Overt, there is nothing shy or demure, not rash, but thoroughly assured.

Aromatics of cream, spring jasmine, fig, lemon lime bitters, yellow peach, apricot, fennel and preserved lime. Rich and dense, the fruit super ripe and dark; cherry, orchard fruits, yellow fruits. Smokey, earthy and sprinkled with salt, deepens what is already impossibly deep, yet lightens and lifts the palate. Immensely powerful, but different to say Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay or Riesling. In a sense, Luminance combines all three. Pure, translucent and silky, I cannot think of any other wine that could combine these epithets with the magisterial dimensions of Luminance. Waters Wine Co


“From Kimmeridgian limestone, the 2020 Pouilly Fumé Luminance (known as “Prédilection” until the 2019 vintage) is excitingly pure and mineral on the saline and complex nose that indicates ripe and concentrated fruit. On the palate, this is a rich and intense, finely tannic, bitter yet stimulatingly fresh and saline Pouilly with a long and powerful finish.” 94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate


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