Pouilly Fumé 'Prelude', Domaine Jonathan Pabiot, Loire, France 2018
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Organic – family owned – small production – appellation trailblazer – award winning winemaker
Domaine Jonathan et Didier Pabiot
When we first visited Domaine Pabiot in the small village of Les Loges in the Pouilly-Fumé appellation, it was being run by Didier. We were impressed by his wines but, as he went to leave, Didier asked us to taste one final cuvée. He had given his son, Jonathan, 2 hectares of land to experiment with and this was his first vintage.
“I know what you are going to say”, Didier piped up… “His wines are better than mine aren’t they? You wouldn’t be the first person to tell me that.” We meekly nodded our heads in agreement. Jonathan’s wines certainly showed lots of promise. Soon after, Didier handed over control of the Domaine to his son and, in a role reversal, now works under his guidance – a rare occurrence in the traditional world of French winemaking.
One of our youngest producers, Jonathan’s wines are organically certified and he employs many biodynamic principles in an effort to ensure that his wine gives a true representation of the magical terroirs of Pouilly-Fumé. Consistently voted among the best winemakers in France, he is being touted as the successor to French winemaking superstar Didier Dagueneau – high praise indeed!
The ‘Prelude’ is made with grapes from younger vines, showcasing a more fruit-forward and easy drinking style, while still maintaining the mineral undertones for which Jonathan is so well known.