Pouilly Fumé vies with its neighbour across the river, Sancerre, to make the most classically defined French Sauvignon Blanc.
Fumé is always regarded as having a ‘gun-flint’ character. As with Sancerre the soil is a limestone-clay mixture, though in general the clay content higher and limestone lower than its neighbour, which then gives way to more sandy clay around the commune of Tracy, where Roger Pabiot is based.
As a result of the soils, the wine is normally fuller, richer and slightly less subtlety defined. Unlike Sancerre no red or rose is produced in the AC.