Ladoucette Comte Lafond Grand Cuvée Blanc

Touraine, France

Vintage: 2016 (Current)

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Ladoucette Comte Lafond Grand Cuvée Blanc 2016

Overview

Baron Patrick de Ladoucette produces this wine. The growing area is the Sancerre Controlled Appellation area, which includes the villages of Bué, Chaudoux, Chavignol and Verdigny. Vines are aged from 25 to 35 years. The soil is a combination of clay, limestone and silica.

Winemaking

Transportation: The grapes are transported in wagons which have bases that open to allow the grapes to empty uniquely by gravity uniquely by gravity, i.e. without pumps. The wine making chai 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 clarified using a cooling system to regulate the temperature of the juice with maceration “pulpaire”. Fermentation: In stainless vats thermostatically regulated to 18°C for 6 to 8 weeks. On lees for 3 to 6 months with regulation agitation. The wine is never placed in wooden barrels in order to preserve the natural aromas of the grapes.

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: A beautiful aromatic intensity developing delicate floral notes (small white flowers, black currants) followed by powerful mineral aromas (pebbles and gun powder). An elegant bouquet, complex and typical of the richness of this great terroir. Taste: The attack is round and supple with a slight lovely tangy touch. Intense aromatic notes on a fleshy mineral structure reinforce the complexity. The finish is long and harmonious, full of fruity notes (both exotic and citrus). Purely by gravity without pumps after maturing on lees and tasting.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with shellfish, seafood and goat cheeses.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Soil Composition: A combination of clay, limestone and silica.

Average Vine Age: Vines are aged from 25 to 35 years.

Aging Potential: 25 to 35 years.

Suggested Retail Price: $39.99