Dom. Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris (375ML half-bottle) 2009
from Loire, France
Harvested on the best limestone slopes in the appellation blessed with southwestern exposure, this cuvee is a true thoroughbred and the most characteristic of our wines.
Les "Cris" is the local term used to describe a parcel of vines planted in caillotes or pebbly limestone soil.
Extraordinarily elegant, when young this wine possesses aromas of fruits (pineapple, citrus, peach) and mineral tones. After 1 or 2 years the aromas refine and become more and more marked by the minerality of the terroir.
On the palate, Les Cris is powerful, well-structured and very rich. Excellent balance is achieved due to the perfect ripeness of the grapes at harvest.
Les Cris Pouilly-Fumé is at its best served with fish, especially fish in sauce (goatfish, pickerel, pike, etc.). Its also a fine accompaniment to an assortment of cured meats, and of course a natural companion with fine goat cheese.
"The Cailbourdin 2009 Pouilly-Fume Les Cris – from classic, pebbly Kimmeridgian soil, as its name implies – leads with smoke tinged gooseberry, sage, and pennyroyal; delivers cut, brightness, and a strong sense of chalk dust on the palate; and finishes with an invigorating, refreshing injection of salt and fresh lime. This displays an almost laser-like focus and cut you’d least expect to encounter in 2009 and lays down mineral traces that all of the saliva and lip licking it induces won’t remove. In fact, I can’t recall having tasted another wine this fine, nor such an outstanding value from Cailbourdin."
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