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Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume La Demoiselle de Bourgeois 2012

Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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Winemaker Notes

Due to its style and fine presence, this wine is a model of pure and delicate expression of the Sauvignon Blanc. In the style of a Grand Cru, La Demoiselle may age in bottle for 8 to 10 years. This is a wine to discover over time due to its intriguing evolution. In the first years, the fruit of the Sauvignon grape dominates with a discreet hint of terroir and small wood notes at the finish. With time, sensations become more homogenous, the terroir more expressive and the evolved Sauvignon shows us its complex aromatic palate. Finally, the light wood notes are completely melted away bringing enormous depth to this great wine.

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Wilfred Wong of
Ahhh, wouldn't you like a Pouilly Fume just about now? The youthful 2012 Henri Bourgeois Pouilly-Fume La Demoiselle de Bourgeois is simply very fine. A beautifully sauteed white fish in a cream sauce and a glass of this would be put a delightful spin on your world and should you just how awesome a great sauvignon blanc can be. The wine's citrus, chalk and layered palate are something special. For those who would like this wine to age a bit in the cellar, I'd recommend serving a seafood in a white wine reduction sauce. Give this one a whirl, you will be glad you did.
WE 91
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Still young, this intense wine is packed with tropical and citrus fruits. It is also structured, textured with a chalky, mineral feel. This is a wine that feels rich and that needs several years aging. Drink from 2016.
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Henri Bourgeois

Henri Bourgeois

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Henri Bourgeois, Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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For 10 generations, the Bourgeois family has been cultivating vines in the heart of the Sancerre region. They have established their domain in the well-known village of Chavignol reputed for its wines (produced from vines grown on steep and well-exposed slopes).

Since 1950, Henri Bourgeois and his sons have enlarged their Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, which are ideally situated on the best slopes of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. They put their hearts and souls into growing their vines and producing their wines.


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Famous in the Loire and throughout the world for perfumed Sauvignon blanc, Pouilly-Fume sits due east, across the Loire River from Sancerre. Limestone soils with clay and flint (also called silex) contribute to the wines' freshness and often times smoky, flinty, mineral character.

Sauvignon Blanc

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A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. However, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and here is most important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand, California, Australia and parts of northeastern Italy. Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon blanc.

In the Glass

From its homeland In Bordeaux, winemakers prefer to blend it with Sémillon to produce a softer, richer style. In the Loire Valley, it expresses citrus, flint and smoky flavors, especially from in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Marlborough, New Zealand often produces a pungent and racy version, often reminiscent of cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit. California produces fruity and rich oak-aged versions as well as snappy and fresh, Sauvignon blancs, which never see any oak.

Perfect Pairings

The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor lends it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood and mild Asian cuisine. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like artichokes or asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (an herbaceous aromatic compound) inherent to each member of the family.

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