2014Coulbois2014 Domaine Patrick Coulbois, Pouilly Fume, Les Cocques, Loire Valley White, France.
Fast becoming one of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs, the Coulbois Pouilly Fume “Les Cocques” really over delivers in it’s price class, at around twenty bucks I certainly could almost forget most New Zealand and California offerings! Not too far from Dagueneau, Coulbois, imported by Charles Neal, has an interesting mix of soils including some silex and while not as rock star as the 2013 was, the 2014 is still a superb wine that delivers pure flavors and terroir. Lime flower, lemon/lime and tangerine with a hint of peach fruit, slight weedy note, stones and mineral along with mouth watering acids all play well in this serious Sauvignon Blanc that leans toward vivid intensity on the palate. The latest from Patrick Coulbois is a stylish Pouilly Fume, it is light and dancing in the mouth, the 2014 can’t compare to 2013 for extract or flamboyance, but it pleases just the same and this is classy stuff to enjoy over the next 2 or 3 years.
($20 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive

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