Didier Dagueneau Blanc Fumé de Pouilly 2009
Wine AdvocateThere is as usual nothing mundane about the "basic" Dagueneau cuvee, the estate's 2009 Blanc Fume de Pouilly. This is the sole cuvee at its address to blend across two soil types - Marne chalk and silex - as well as across several far-flung parcels, some of which were hailed on this year, and the parts had not yet been assembled for this 2009 when I tasted in June, so I offer only a composite impression. Smoky red currant, lime, and nettle display an aromatic pungency that coincides with a bright, energetic, silken-textured, very pure palate impression. White peach and wafting florality are conveyed by the (in this vintage, one-third) Marne chalk portion. The suffusion of chalk here is as usual impressive without in any way blocking the mouth-watering flow of fruit, and the same can be said as far as the influence of wood is concerned. This finishes with vibratory intensity and ringing clarity, as though it had been grown in a vintage from which nobody else in the region got to make wine. Expect it to be worth following for at least 6-8 years.