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A dry, perfumed white wine produced near Pouilly-sur-Loire, France.
1930s. From French Pouilly Fumé from Pouilly (in Pouilly-sur-Loire, the name of a town in the Nièvre department of France, where the wine is produced) + fumé smoked, so called on account of the wine's smoky flavour.
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