Pouilly-sur-Loire | white wine appellation | Chasselas grape | Loire Valley | France

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Pouilly-sur-Loire wine appellation
Wine appellation

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Pouilly-sur-Loire is a lesser-known AOC wine appellation in the Loire Valley region of France adjoining its more famous cousin, Pouilly-Fume. It lies north east of the city of Bourges and comprises 7 communes (Garchy, Mesves-sur-Loire, Pouilly-sur-Loire, Saint-Andelain, Saint-Laurent, Saint-Martin-sur-Nohain and Tracy-sur-Loire) on the right bank of the Loire in the Nievre département.
As it is situated in the Upper Loire area, you might expect to find wines based on the Sauvignon Blanc grape. However this is not the case as here white wines are produced from the Chasselas grape variety. The extent of the plantings is quite small with less than fifty hectares being devoted to this grape.
To some extent this appellation reflects a previous era when Chasselas was a much more widely planted grape in the Loire. Even the Sancerre area, where Sauvignon Blanc now reigns supreme, used to have Chasselas as the dominant white grape. Chasselas was ravaged in Sancerre by the Phylloxera outbreak in the nineteenth century and afterwards locals found that Sauvignon Blanc grafted better onto the American rootstock that was being used.

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