Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc
December 1, 2016, James Molesworth
“A whiff of smoke pervades this version, with the core of gooseberry and lemon curd notes lingering on the tarragon-infused finish.”
The largest and most famous Pouilly-Fumé vineyards have been in the hands of the Comte Lafond and Ladoucette families since 1787. This Grande Cuvée of Pouilly Fumé is produced exclusively in the best years and from the first pressing of the estate’s grapes.
The wine making chais is made up of three levels. The first level is where the grapes are received and sorted without crushing keeping the grapes from the different parcels separate. The juice then flows (without pumps or screws) simply by gravity to the second level where the pressing with the division of the juice ’à la champenoise’ takes place. The third level is where the wine is clarified using a cooling system to regulate the temperature of the juice with maceration pulpaire. This wine is fermented in stainless steel vats thermostatically regulated to 18C for 6-8 weeks. This wine is on lees for 3-6 months with regular agitation. The wine is never placed in wooden barrels in order to preserve the natural aromas of the grapes.
This wine has a pale, brilliant and crystalline gold color with golden highlights. An olfactory expression opening onto the notes of white flowers and exotic fruit but also white fruit (vines peaches). Breathing reveals the fruity aromas of peaches, apricots and the final touch has a complex minerality. On the palate, the attack is frank with a suave roundness which is very seductive enveloped in a vivacity which distinguishes this attack. This wine has a very structured equilibrium with a lovely fattiness in the middle of the palate which prolongs itself agreeably with the favours of white peaches, mango and notes of apricot. The aromatic persistent is particularly intense, the mineral notes at the end of the palate impose themselves with a beautiful length.
Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Aging Potential: From eight to ten years