2013CoulboisPF2013 Patrick Coulbois, Pouilly-Fume “Les Cocques” Loire Valley White, France.
This beautiful and thrilling Sauvignon Blanc from Les Berthiers in Saint-Andelain, the same town as Dagueneau, is crafted by Patrick Coulbois from grapes grown on vines that are rooted into Silex soils, and the results are divine, one of the best new Sauvignon Blancs of the year for me. Coulbois is imported by Charles Neal of San Francisco, and while I’ve tasted almost everything in his portfolio, this was a major new discovery, this 2013 Pouilly-Fume is bursting with energy, vigor and style, I highly recommend this lovely white to those that might have lost their faith in this varietal, this is a wine that will bring you back to Sauvignon Blanc. The Coulbois Pouilly-Fume lifts from the glass with white flowers, mineral intensity and a mix of earthy citrus and tangy gooseberry leading to a zesty palate of lemon/lime, a touch of grapefruit, chalky/stones, bitter herbs, liquid steel/mineral, hints of quince, kumquat, cat pee and finishes with white peach notes. This is classic Loire Sauvignon with vivid flavors and vibrancy, it should age well and have a enjoyable half decade or more. Note to self, get this wine and follow Patrick Coulbois, this is really fine and elegant Sauvignon Blanc, perfect with picnics, cheese and seafood, but don’t limit yourself, this would make a super anytime wine. This very distinct, focused and impressive wine is seriously good, drink from 2014 to 2019.
($24 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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