Some thirty years ago, whilst searching for a Pouilly Fumé to add to my list, I visited several vineyards over the period of about a week. At one stage Didier Daguenau (the acknowledged master of the Appellation) confessed that he could not supply me as he already had an exclusive contract to supply his wines to another supplier in England. But he asked me who else I was going to see. When I mentioned Masson Blondelet, he said: “They’re always in the leading group of producers year after year. You’ll be alright with them”. He also gave me one of his bottles, and said “And you’ll enjoy that!” I never saw him again, but his words proved to be true.
The family Masson blondelet invariably produces top Pouilly Fumé wines and the bottle he gave me was consumed a few years later and thoroughly enjoyed. Merci, Didier!