Guillaume Baptiste 'L’Evidence' Pouilly-Fume 2014
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Guillaume Baptiste 2014 'L’Evidence' Pouilly-Fume
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Sauvignon Blanc
GRAPE: Sauvignon Blanc
REGION: Loire Valley
I recently met with the Reverdy brothers and have been impressed by their well-made portfolio. Pouilly Fume is located on the right bank of the Loire and is the sister wine to Sancerre. This delightful 100% Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect wine for the warm months and has stunning minerality and smokiness that does not exist in new world Sauvignon Blanc. 2014 is quite a highly regarded vintage in the Loire Valley and far superior to the previous vintage. The vineyards sit in unique Portlandian and Kimmeridigan limestone soil that makes the taste profile so unique and refreshing. A diverse taste profile of white peaches, melon, white flowers, pink grapefruit, rosemary, mint and lemon rind with salt and chalk. This is classical Pouilly Fume with especially nice pizazz and ripe fruit. Enjoy now and over the next several years. Perfect with briny oysters, fried calamari, smoked salmon, halibut, and Thai cuisine.
From The Winery
In 2014, there was a gorgeous vintage because of the hot and dry September that gave a balanced vintage with picture-perfect conditions. This is a rich Pouilly Fume from what the Reverdys feel to be some of the best limestone infused hillside parcels in the Loire. And as ambitious young winemakers they wanted to pay homage to the quality of the family 'savoir-faire' they are proud to have inherited and worked hard to have learned. This superb wine shows some tightly-knit tension both on the smoky (fume),earthy, melon and and acacia flower aromatics. It also has a delicately structured soft well balanced palate with hints of fresh crispness underpinning the whole experience. The elegant flinty, chiseled lingering length reflects 4 months lees contact (all stainless steel), and a really high quality 2014 harvest which rendered some of the best clean ripe Sauvignon fruit that the Reverdy family made. They have been referred to by Robert Parker as a 'standout producer' and that the vintage has a very distinct personality and is age worthy( 5-8 years). Hand-picked, with rigorous parcel selection, from vineyards on Kimmeridgian marl with small fossilized oysters. 12-24 hours settling of the must, then 6 months in temperature-controlled stainless steel. Drink now and for many years. Perfect as an aperitif, with a mixed lightly dressed salad or with most seafood, especially oysters, and Crottin de Chavignol and other prestigious Loire valley goat's cheeses.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.