We started with the grapefruit and citric 2010 La Merisière, Sancerre – the Pabiots have no vines there but buy in grapes from growers in Chavignol and Verdigny from vines planted on both the caillottes and on silex (flint). Then the 2011 that seems to have less weight but greater minerality than the 2010, which is rather the reverse of the general trend but it may well take on more weight over the next few months. Also the amount of carbon dioxide in all these wine may make them appear leaner than they actually are.
Then on to the Pouilly-Fumés. The 2010 Fines Caillottes has an attractive mineral character with weight and texture, is slightly saline with good length, while the 2011 tank sample appeared to be leaner. Next the 2009 Prestige des Fines Caillottes, which I have already previously enjoyed. The Prestige comes from older vines planted on a range of soils – clay-limestone, marnes with small oyster fossils and caillottes (limestone). It is only made in the best vintages. The 2009 is slightly smoky with good concentration, mouth feel with a touch of butter.
We finish with the 2008 Cuvée Séduction, which is fermented in wood – a mix of 228 litre barriques and 600 litre demi-muids. The wine spends a year on its lees before being moved to vat to spend further time before being bottled in 2010. Séduction has an explosive buttery nose plus a touch of vanilla with rich length and considerable ageing potential.