The Hubert Veneau vineyards have been a family estate for several generations. It was taken over by Hubert in the 70s and is now managed by the two sons: Bertrand, 35, and Jérôme, 34. It covers 93.90 acres and produces Pouilly Fumé on 44.48 acres and Côteaux du Génois on 49.42 acres. The domaine is now run by Bertrand Veneau, who vinifies the wines with a precision and exactitude that is indicative of all work at the domaine, and of the target objective for thrilling, vibrant and pure wines of pleasure.
Hubert Veneau Pouilly Fume
The often overlooked growing region of Pouilly Fumé lies in the shadows of Sancerre, just on the other side of the Loire River. They grow one thing here and they grow it to a world-class standard: Sauvignon Blanc. Pale yellow. A floral and fruity nose of grapefruit. Full on the palate with a hint of flintiness. The word fumé refers to the incomparable, universally-recognized aromas and bouquet (or fumet - smokey aroma - the famous gun flint aroma, released by rubbing two flints together), which comes from the outstanding land of Pouilly/Loire vineyards.
It is this combination that provides such a unique character and verve to the wine, which is full on the palate with a hint of flintiness. A refreshing wine at a fabulous price, to enjoy with seafood, roasted chicken and summer salads.
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Pouilly-Fumé is a dry white wine produced around Pouilly-sur-Loire. The Pouilly Fumé grape is derived from the Sauvignon blanc, with egg-shaped berries in tight clusters resembling tit's eggs. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees.
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