2020 Domaine Hervé Séguin
A great example of a blend where limestone slightly dominates. There are top notes of gooseberry and gunsmoke but also a full-bodied roundness which is slightly honeyed away and gentle. Sarah Hyde, Town and Country House (Jul 2021)
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Domaine Hervé Séguin
A 17 hectare family property just half a mile east of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Philippe, part of the the third generation to work the estate is quietly spoken but has a firm hand on how he wants to do things. Traditional viticulture reigns here and fuss-free vinification. After débourbage a long cool fermentation (4 weeks at 17C) is followed by a short period on the lees with three batonnages to fill out the palate. The wine, which is bottled in the March after the harvest, has super fruit character (citrus notes, pink grapefruit and pineapple) and also the typical “gun flint” flavour you'd hope to find here - which goes remarkably well with seafood, fish with butter sauce, and goat's cheese.
The Loire Valley is overlooked at this time of year, but really is the total quintessence of Christmas feast wine. Crémant de Loire is a fantastic Champagne alternative, boasting many of its cousin’s toasty, honeyed brioche flavours. Muscadet and Pouilly-Fumé are not only incredible with smoked salmon, cheese nibble or any of the snacks you might have prior to dinner, but also are absolute table pleasers (who doesn’t love a refined Sauvignon Blanc…) and Cabernet Franc is a grape which, in both these guises, is perfect with turkey. Our Anjou rouge is bright red berry, like your cranberry sauce and our Chinon, more savoury and rich, for when the gravy goes on.
Finish this off with a well-aged bottle of Coteaux du Layon, one of the world’s great sweet wine appellations. It’s not only affordable, but creamy, buttery and not nearly as cloying as some of the more traditional options.
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