Quintessence is crafted by one of the oldest and most renowned producers in the Loire Valley, Pierre Chainier. The winery was founded in 1749 and is still run by the Chainier family. They produce wine in several Loire appellations, but the flagship of their nearly 600 acres of vineyards is Pouilly-Fume.
Pouilly-Fume and its sister appellation, Sancerre, are considered the bastions of the Sauvignon Blanc grape all over the world. While many great Sauvignon Blancs are made world-wide, few can attain the minerality, grip and presence of Pouilly-Fume. The fact that it was first recognized as special in the 5th Century attests to its position and longevity.
Because some of the greatest wines we have ever tasted come with from this appellation, it is always with great expectations that we approach them. We certainly did with this one and were not disappointed. What separates Pouilly-Fume from all others is the soil. Here there is an element called silex in the soil that contributes to the steely minerality and chilling acid. The wine sees no oak treatment so there is no amelioration of its backbone.
As a result, we get a wine that literally smacks in your mouth. The flecks of white peach and apricot just barely soothe the stinging lime and grapefruit on the sides of the tongue. Here is a wine to be reckoned with when enjoying raw oysters, spaghetti with clams or a crab enchilada.