Alain and Jérôme Pabiot , the son and grandson of Jean Pabiot, are fifth generation wine growers at Domaine des Fines Caillottes. Driven by a great love of their vineyards and wines, they do their utmost to ensure that each of their bottles brings as much enjoyment as possible.
The Domaine des Fines Caillottes, planted with the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety (known as “Blanc Fumé” in generations past), is cultivated with respect for tradition. They practice supervised vineyard disease protection and yield control. The domaine covers 28 hectares and it is situated on the best terroirs in the Pouilly-Fumé region near famous villages such as Les Loges, Pouilly-sur-Loire, Soumard and Saint-Laurent-l’Abbaye.
Domaine des Fines Caillottes is made up of 30 parcels, usually of clay-limestone. The "caillottes", from which the Domaine gets its name, are found on the plateaus. Caillottes are a large concentration of white limestone pebbles. The slopes, often south or south-east facing, are predominantly limestone, with fossilized stones (known as marls with small oysters) and composed of ammonites and occasionally with flint.
This variety of terroirs, combined with careful mastery of fermentation, gives each one of the wines its great aromatic expression, its perfect balance and longevity. Vinification, which marries recent techniques with traditional savoir-faire, is carried out in the Domaine’s underground cellars, in the heart of the village of Les Loges.
The wines "Domaine des Fines Caillottes" Pouilly-Fumé is a blend of wines coming from a great variety of our terroirs, from different micro-climates and vines of various ages. This very expressive wine, which often picks up awards, develops fresh fruit aromas (citrus, exotic fruit) with good balance and length on the palate.
The "Cuvée Prestige des Fines Caillottes" is made with grapes from our oldest vines (some are 40 years old or more), near the village of Les Loges on clay-limestone terroirs that are very pebbly (sometimes up to 50% pebbles). The exceptional grape maturity obtained on this terroir, the very deep rooting of old vine stocks, and reduced yields make the wines produced from these old vines beyond compare. Often applauded in the specialist press, this Pouilly-Fumé combines complexity, minerality, elegance, with ripe fruit notes and a great fullness.
The "Cuvée Séduction" is aged for a year on the lees which endows it with a great deal of richness and fullness on the palate. Very fruity and silky, this exceptional Pouilly-Fumé elegantly expresses long-lingering ripe fruit aromas, with vanilla or gingerbread notes, and is often mentioned in the press for its aromatic complexity.
Adherence to sustainable development principles: Their approach is TERRA VITIS certified for the respect of the environment, people and the wines produced. (since 2012) They are also certified HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL VALUE (H.V.E. level 3 - french certification) for the respect of biodiversity and the reduction of inputs (since 2019).
This means less treatments, at a lower dose, preferring to use the most environmentally-friendly products, the programmed abandonment of weed killers and ensuring full traceability of our practices. "Terra Vitis, is the stamp of French vinegrower-winemakers who respect nature and Man
Domaine des Fines Caillottes is compromised of more than 20 different vineyards located on various soils, the most frequent being plateaus of limestone clay with numerous limestone pebbles known locally as “caillottes” and from which their estate is named. These “caillottes” are sometimes full of fossils or composed of ammonites. The slopes of their estate are with Southern or East Southern exposure and predominantly limestone, sometimes with flint. This variety of different terroirs, combined with their mastery of vinification, bestows each of their cuvées its great aromatic expression, balance and longevity.
The soil of the vineyard was formed during the Jurassic period except on the siliceous soils formed during the Cretaceous period. These are the calcareous sea deposits which contain fossils. The climate was tropical during this era as our region was located at the latitude of today's Africa.
After partial skin maceration, fermentation in thermo regulated stainless steel tanks takes place with wild yeast naturally found on the grapes. The maturing on fine lees and the stirring of lees last several months. The blending is done before the bottling.
Brilliant, golden robe, Intense and complex nose exhaling tropical fruits. The mouth is rich, concentrated, with a good length and a well balanced acidity perfectly expressing the aromatic palette of tropical fruits (especially mango and passion fruit), delicious by itself as an aperitif. It is excellent served with most hors d'oeuvres and appetisers, seafood, fish, and certain cheeses like goat cheese in particular. Serve at around 10-12°C. It can be kept long after with a slow evolution of the aromas.
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