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Jonathan Didier Pabiot, 'Aubaine' Pouilly Fumé 2020
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Jonathan Didier Pabiot, 'Aubaine' Pouilly Fumé 2020

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After working a stint with Leon Barral in the Languedoc, 21 year old Jonathan Pabiot returned to his family domaine in Pouilly-Fumé with a passion for organic viticulture and strong ideas for the future. Jonathan's father Didier -- a 4th generation vigneron in Les Loges -- was not easily pursuaded of this new, natural path forward but he nevertheless gave Jonathan 1.5 hectares of vines that were planted by his grandfather. Jonathan found an additional 1.5 hectares to rent (vines he later purchased) and immediately converted all three hectares to organic viticulture. From these vines he crafted the much sought-after, high-end cuvées of Prédeliction and Eurythmie. This fine debut created early whispers that Jonathan was among those who would push the limits of quality in Pouilly-Fumé, much like the late, great Didier Dagueneau had done several decades earlier. 

It took only 6 months for Didier Pabiot to see the results of his son's organic approach in the vineyards. He decided to follow Jonathon's lead and began organic conversion of his 17 hectares of vines. The father-son duo joined forces and in 2010, with all 20 combined hectares now in full organic certification. The Pabiot vineyards are truly remarkable, and are among the most lively soils and vibrant, healthy plantings one will ever see.

Tasting Notes from Vinous: "The 2020 Léon is surprisingly tangy and bright for this warm vintage with just 13% alcohol. It’s light in body and focused while 12–18 months on lees has provided a sense of roundness and texture to the mid-palate as well as a touch of autolysis-derived pastry character to the apple and citrus fruit and lightly floral aromas. Vibrant, fresh and youthful. Best enjoyed in the first three to six years of its life for its energy."

Pouilly Fumé
Sauvignon Blanc
Fermented and aged for 18 months in concrete vats.