Pouilly Fume is famous for its universally recognisable aromas of smoke and wet slate; it’s one of the Loire’s most venerated wines. The little appellation sits around the town of Pouilly sur Loire opposite Sancerre on the bank of the upper Loire, close to Burgundy. The town’s name is derived from Pauliacum (after the Roman Paulus who had an estate there in the 5th century) which became ‘pouilly’ and the appellation gained the addition of ‘fume’ thanks to the characteristic smokiness of its wines.
The smoky aroma is attributed to the local terroir. The most famous soils here are Kimmeridigian limestone containing fossilised oyster shells and limestone clays peppered with flints. The local name for Sauvignon Blanc is ‘fume’ (smoke) and the distinctive aroma is known as ‘pierre a fusil’ which refers to the smoky smell of a fired gun when the flint is struck.
A beautiful wine, Les Champs de Cris comes from the vineyards on rolling terrain near Boisgibault and embodies all the qualities of this venerated appellation. Here Sauvignon’s qualities are mastered and honed into striking wines with longstanding reputations.
Superb on its own as an aperitif; Les Champs des Cris is also excellent with seafood such as oysters, scallops and crab. It’s delicious with smoked trout and salmon, lobster, prawns, tuna and monkfish, cheese fondues, duck breast, lemon chicken, goats cheese and quiche.