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Olivier Poussier review

The island of Pantelleria is located south of Sicily and across from the Tunisian Cape Bon. In keeping with the traditions of Mediterranean raisining wines, it produces.

A great passito wine.

In a dry climate with volcanic, sparse earth, the Zibbibo grape - a variety of Muscat d’Alexandrie - has established its pedigree since Antiquity. What I appreciate above all is the impressive aromatic complexity of the Moscato Passito Pantelleria and its capacity to reveal a concentrated, suave mouth without ever indulging in excessive softness. This concept of balance between sugar, acidity and alcohol – so important to the harmony of passito wines – is one of the outstanding features of the Passito di Pantelleria.

In 2007 Carole Bouquet crafted a precise, delicate cuvée which marks a turning point in the estate’s wines. With delicious confit notes of bergamot, cinchona and dried apricot, it is imbued above all with a limpid, suave and smooth mouth. The perfect blend of softness and fine length on the palate afford it incredible persistence.

Olivier POUSSIER,
Le Nôtre Sommelier
Best Sommelier in the World in 2000

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