By country :: France :: Loire
The Loire Valley is a region close to my heart, having spent my formative years growing up in this beautiful area. Home of vineyards since the Roman times, the Loire has always been a region that showcased fine wines, and this trend continues to this day, particularly thanks to the emergence of a number of young and independent producers, many of whom embrace sustainable, organic and biodynamic principles.
At just 29, Jonathan Pabiot is our youngest producer. The success of his Pouilly Fumé has led many of Jonathan’s peers to suggest he shall follow in the footsteps of Didier Dagueneau, identified as one of the greatest winemakers the Loire valley has ever produced. His initiative and originality is displayed in his attempts to revive Chasselas, the original grape variety in Pouilly. In fact, Jonathan’s work is so well respected that his father, who previously had an estate of his own, has started working under his son’s tutelage, as he believes he makes better wines!
Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of Vincent Gaudry’s top cuvée Sancerre “A mi chemin” – meaning “half way to heaven” - as a birthday present. This is a wine which unfortunately does not feature on our list, as Vincent only produces 260 bottles, and even then, only if it is a good vintage! It was quite simply, however, the best white wine I have ever had the pleasure to drink, so it is definitely one to look out for.