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From April, 29th to May, 1st 2016 during the 4th FIAAC in Pouilly-Fume Clothilde LASSERRE – Painter artist, will exhibit her work in the Domaine MASSON-BLONDELET 1 Rue de Paris – 58150 Pouilly-sur-Loire Find Clothilde LASSERRE’s paintings on www.clothildelasserre.com. … Find the post on Facebook here. Find the article on Google+ here.

 


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In January 2016, three of our wines have been rewarded by the US magazine Wine Enthusiast : the Pouilly Fume “Les Angelots” 2014, the Sancerre “Thauvenay” 2014 and the Pouilly Fume 2014. All three have been tasted by Roger Voss, the European editor of the magazine, who expressed a genuine preference for the Pouilly Fume “Les Angelots” 2014 highlighted by the mention “Editors’ Choice”. Here are the tasting notes given to these wines: Pouilly Fume “Les Angelots” 2014 – 92 …

 


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This time this is our Sancerre Blanc “Thauvenay” 2014 which has been noted (17,5/20) and commended by two English journalists, Ernie Whalley and Dee Laffan, in The Sunday Times of 20.09.15. Here are the tasting comments of this Sancerre 2014 : Ernie Whalley : “Seven generations of growers have produced this wine made without chemical fertilizers, weedkillers or insecticides. Attractive notes of acacia and white peach on the nose“. Dee Laffan : “Flavourful wine, with lots of character. Wickedly easy …

 


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We were extremely delighted and grateful to receive those two messages from Canada this morning. Thank you Joël, Katherine and Howard, for these great appreciations of our Pouilly Fume Old Vines, which pleased us so much and even more than notes given by famous wine-masters critics. What could be better for us than pleasing a customer ? Please receive our best memories of our meeting in Pouilly, two years ago already ! We don’t know it enough but the great …

 


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After the harvest, our Sauvignon Blancs are quickly brought to the cellar in the harvest skip. During a fortnight, in Pouilly, we can see many tractors which cross themselves in the vines or wine-growers villages, often, for the pleasure of the youngest which observe this unusual activity with bright eyes of desire… When the grapes arrive in the cellar, they are transfered in one of our 3 Bücher pneumatic presses. Built on 3 floors, among two are buried, our cellar …

 


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On Wednesday 9th September, the Wine-Growers Association of the AOC Pouilly-Fume gave the green light to start the harvest of our future pouilly fumé. On Thursday 10th and under a wonderful sun, Pierre, Jean-Michel, Thierry, Aymeric, Jérôme, Amaury, Alexis, and Delphine, in short, almost all the team working at the estate, (except for Mélanie who presented our Sancerre and Pouilly Fume to our Parisian Michelin-starred-restaurants customers) as well as Michelle and Alexandra, were present for the beginning of the  harvest …

 


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After two months of a warm summer and 50 mm of rain which finally fell yesterday, here are the current pictures of our grapes of Sauvignon Blanc which annouce a promising 2015 vintage , if we succeed in escaping hail storms, as those who dramatically affected Chablis’ and Irancy’s vineyard yesterday. The beginning of the harvest gets closer every day, but we would like to wait for the optimal maturity for our futurs Pouilly-Fume. Photos : Alexandra Porras

 


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In their last edition released in September, this is our: Pouilly Fumé “Les Pierres de Pierre” 2014, Pouilly Fumé “Tradition Cullus” 2012 and Pouilly Fumé “Villa Paulus” 2014, which have been selected by the Guide Bettane+Desseauve 2016. Our Pouilly Fumé “Les Angelots” 2014 has been also commended. Read their tasting notes & rates below :

 


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Today, release of  the  Hachette Wines Guide 2016. This year, it’s our Pouilly Fume « Villa Paulus » 2013 which is awarded by a star in the Guide Hachette des vins 2016, with the following tasting notes :

 


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Our Sauvignon Blanc grows day by day and this thanks to the favorable weather that we have these last days. In one month, the Savignon Blanc grows from flower to little grapes, which will become our futurs pouilly fume Pictures : Alexandra Porras

 


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After they visited Vinexpo in Bordeaux, we received on friday afternoon in Pouilly sur Loire our Japanese importers, who distribute pouilly fume Masson-Blondelet in Japan. Program: Visit of the vineyard, of the cellar and wine tasting at the estate of our Pouilly fume. After a first stop at the Clos du Château Paladi, we went to Les Criots to see the limestone of Villiers, which our pouilly fume “Les Angelots” comes from. Then, we made a stopover in Les Bascoins, …

 


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On Friday afternoon, after they visited Didier Dagueneau Estate in Saint Andelain, we had the pleasure to receive the team of one of our English importers : H2Vin. Program : Visit of our vines of pouilly fume with a stop at the Clos du Château Paladi, followed by a wine tasting of our pouilly fume at the home ! Pierre and Mélanie Masson explained their philosophy about working the soils and the vines and remained attentive to answer to all …

 


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This is time for tying-up the Sauvignon Blanc vines of our futur pouilly fume. Right now, our permanent employees team constituted by : Thierry, Aymeric, Amaury, Jérôme, and Stevens work of the maintenance of the vine which grows quickly. We are currently on a period of tying-up. In our estate, this work is entirely manual. Tying-up consists in raising wires which hold Sauvignon Blanc shoots of each side of the rows in order that the vine does not leave in …

 


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The Danish Sommelier Niels Iversen (Picture below) tasted and kept several wines including our Pouilly fume Villa Paulus 2012. He describes it as a dry and fresh white wine having an elegant taste of citrus-fruit and nice controlled minerality and acidity notes. With wine pairing, he proposes us asparagus, summer salad or row fishes. Article of 23.05.15 in « Midtjullands Avis » written by Soren Sohn

 


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La Revue du Vin de France, special vintage 2014 (June 2015), rated our Pouilly fume « Villa Paulus » 2014 between 15,5 – 16,5/20. Villa Paulus. Precocity, frankness of aromas and volume in this precise and neat white wine which expresses itself on yellow fruits. 16€”

 


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On 13.05.15, Mr Eric Bernardin spent his weekend in Montbazillac with some friends. One of his activities was cooking. Eric Bernardin made four recipes, above one was associated with the wine of our estate. He made a dish with asparagus and a crumble of parmesan cheese and nuts accompanied by a reduction of pomelo juice. He paired this dish with our Pouilly Fume « Villa Paulus » of vintage 1998 ! Many thanks to him for this wonderful idea ! Read more: …

 


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Pouilly Fume “Villa Paulus” mentioned in the Tribune Review on 12.05.15 for Loire Valley White Wines “For the 2013 Domaine Masson-Blondelet Pouilly Fume “Villa Palus”, France (Luxury 45060 ; $22.99), growers Michelle and Jean-Michel Masson like to say they cultivate their vines like their kitchen garden — without weed killers, insecticides and fertilizers. This sustainable approach delivers flavorful grapes well-reflected in the wines. The “Villa Palus” blend comes from Kimmeridgian soils on east-facing slopes. The nose’s delicate citrus aromas mingle …

 


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A silver medal obtained again, at the IWC this time, by the cuvée 2014 Sancerre Blanc « Thauvenay »: Ripe grapefruit with chalky mineral and fresh vibrant finish. modern style, fig leaf with preserved lemon richness. The cuvée 2014 Pouilly-Fumé « Villa Paulus » has been commended by the IWC as well.

 


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Our 2014 Sancerre Blanc « Thauvenay » obtained a silver medal at the Concours des Grands Vins de France of Macôn ! Moreover, 2014 Pouilly-Fumé “Villa Paulus” and 2014 Sancerre Blanc « Thauvenay » obtained an award at the Deacanter World Wines Awards.

 


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The 3rd International Fair of Actual Art in the cellars in Pouilly-Fumé was the first weekend of May in our little city of Pouilly-sur-Loire. The goal of this event was to bring together painters and winemakers. The Masson-Blondelet estate chose Muriel Napoli and her works of art, permitting to go perfectly with art and wine. Amandine Chevalier, art historian, tells some words about it: “Muriel Napoli exposed her minerals and organics works at Masson-Blondelet estate. Her delicates paintings with grey …

 


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This weekend the delivery is free from 12 bottles ordered in France. Enjoy it well!

 


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Many thanks to Dr. Bernard-Noël CHAGNY, the author of these wonderful aerial pictures of Pouilly-Fumé vineyard with autumn colours. Here we can see the Loire River, Pouilly-sur-Loire Village and of course Pouilly-Fumé vines with actual colours… Wonderful autumn colours for the slopes of Pouilly-Fumé… by Bernard-Noël CHAGNY…  You can admire more pictures of him in his website: http://kap-archeo.com Below the vines of “table-land”, where is produced our Pouilly-Fumé “Villa Paulus” on kimmeridgian marl near to the roman way.

 


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The full 10 permanent employees team of Masson-Blondelet in this first day of 2014 harvest under a blue sky for the harvest of our more beautiful grapes of Pouilly-Fumé…

 


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We are preparing us in Pouilly. Final stretch before the harvest… We have to taste the grapes because the physiological maturity is as important as the alcoholic maturity (which is already great). So we have to be patient… The weather is favorable since the last five weeks and seems to stay with us… With its help, the conditions of a great 2014 vintage seem to be reached. We hope to succeed, this year again, in producing Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre worthy …

 


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“There isn’t enough love for the other growers of Pouilly-Fumé beyond the Dagueneau family in my opinion, so I’m doing my bit here.” Chris Kissack

 


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Fog on the Loire river, back-to-school-day, the grapes harvest will come soon… Crédit photo : Jean-Michel Masson, taken on the 2nd of september 2014, 06h21.

 


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Our Pouilly-Fume ‘Les Angelots’ 2012 obtained 90/100 in the Decanter, you can see for yourself : The Pouilly-Fumé ‘Villa Paulus’ 2013 is not aside, as it obtained the Gold Medal at the ‘Concours Mondial du Sauvignon’ 2014 :

 


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Within one month exactly, from the 1st to the 4th of May 2014, we will have the pleasure to welcome the artist painter #DianedeCicco at the Estate #MassonBlondelet , in #Pouilly-sur-Loire for the 2nd #FIAAC (International exhibition of actual art in Pouilly-Fume, Foire Internationale d’Art Actuel en #Pouilly-Fumé). For this occasion, white and colours are back together… 17 estates from the label #Pouilly-Fumé (including Masson-Blondelet) will open their cellar to the painting which represents around  3000 m² of contemporary canvas …

 


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It is back together with the sun… We will be able to work back again the soils of our vines to obtain  Pouilly-Fumés and Sancerres still richer and concentrated… And in the link You Tube below, Pierre-François Masson explains his work at the Estate. (Short film of 3’30 minutes).

 


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“Delicious pristine mineral-laden green fruits and a crisp dry finish.”, this is the tasting comment  offered by the famous Irish magazine, The Irish Times, on the past 1st of March by choosing our  Pouilly-Fumé Villa Paulus 2012. We are so trying the following translation in french : ” Fruits verts chargés d’une minéralité immaculée et délicieuse, fraîcheur et vivacité en fin de bouche”

 


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It’s time to discover the prunning of Pouilly-Fumé vines for the pupils in nursery school in Pouilly-sur-Loire. Pierre-François Masson was very happy to show his profession to the children from the village and to the teaching team, who created this year a complete educational project around the vine. My son, Louis, Pierre’s nephew happily participated to his first handling prunning shear lesson … To be continued !!

 


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The river Loire is wearing colours which can change literaly within a few minutes offering then a landscape diversity sometimes unsuspected… Jean-Michel Masson shared this morning two pictures taken from 4 minutes interval. But also this beautiful rainbow taken 3 days ago ….crédits photos : Jean-Michel Masson.

 


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We do not want to join an organic seal of approval because we consider that an accumulation of copper in our soils would be very harmful on the long range. However, our way to cultivate the vine goes further than the « reasonnable » one, ie. : We have NOT used CHEMICAL FERTILISER for over 35 years and we do NOT use WEED KILLER, NOR INSECTICIDE for over 10 years ! Working our soils is crucial. It allows us for …

 


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Pouilly-Fumé… What an unusual name for a wine ! The Sauvignon grape develops its unequaled complexity of flavours here, in the village of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Pouilly Fumé is a full-bodied, dry and fruity white wine. Through each cuvée, you can find the renowned aromas of Pouilly’s terroir thanks to its gun-flint flavours. A lovely balance of fruit and minerality ! Pouilly’s vines are planted on of Kimmeridgian marls, Portlandian limestone and flinty soils. Thanks to its soils, Pouilly Fumé reveals its …

 


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Pouilly-Fumé “Les Angelots” 2012, soon inEmirates Airlines’s first class.
Some pictures of the load…

 


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As every year since about twenty years, we shall leave soon for Angers and its 28th Fair of Wines of the Loire Valley. Then, will come March and the time to leave for the “Messe” of Düsseldorf, PROWEIN : the new ‘rendez-vous‘ for the wine professionals of the globe. We will be there from 23 to 25 March 2014, on the collective space of the Loire, in the HALL 5, Path A, number 33. See you then !

 


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Guy Martin from the Grand Véfour, the Cristal Room Baccarat, Le Victoria at the Hotel Bedford Paris, Pierre Reboul, Michelin starred at Aix en Provence, or Petrossian : as much restaurants and famous chefs who have chosen to introduce our Pouilly-Fumé and/or nos Sancerre in their delicious menu…

 


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I am happy to share with you today this creation of the Chef Philippe LECHAUVE, tasted in Bonny-sur Loire which would have heavenly well accompanied a Pouilly-Fumé Villa Paulus 2011 : « Crab Cannelloni with green cabbage leaves, wasabi mayonnaise, pan-fried scallop-shell, Black sesame’s dressing, white tarama’s emulsion with Stem ginger ».     Who is trying in the kitchen?

 


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We are now « authorised » to reveal the identity if the artist we have chosen to show at the Estate Masson-Blondelet for the second International Fair of Contemporary Art in the Estates of Pouilly- Fumé, which will take place from the 1st to the 4th of May 2014 in Pouilly-sur Loire. It is Diane de Cicco, from whom you can see some work below, and see some more on her website. But what is FIAAC en Pouilly-Fumé ? In …

 


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We are pleased to introduce the last medal obtained by our Estate, overseas, at the “3rd Challenge to the Best French Wines for the USA”, for our white Sancerre Thauvenay 2012. See Below:

 


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Harvest 2013 in Pouilly For us, the harvest 2013 in Pouilly took place from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th of October included. 7 days! We never harvest that fast, this to avoid the rains that followed on the next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday… Pierre, who had ordered a 3rd pneumatic press this year for maximum efficiency at the cellar, really appreciated this purchase which happened at the right moment, so he could assert himself and follow a rythm until then …