La Poussie Sancerre Blanc
Wine & Spirits
April 2020, Josh Greene
“This grows at Baron Patrick de Ladoucette’s historic vineyard in Sancerre, a steep amphitheater of clay and limestone with alluvial soils at the base. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this has complex layers of flavor, building its roundness out of ripe grapefruit and lemon, green floral notes and smoky mineral tones. It’s a full, gracious Sancerre to pour with rich shellfish dishes.”
Of all the centuries-old growths which dominate the majestic river Loire, La Poussie is the one whose reputation remains unblemished. Its origins can be traced back to the Capetians, as witnessed by a document dating from around 1040. The exceptional vineyard site, shaped in a semi-circle and reminiscent of a natural amphitheater, make it one of the most unique in the world.
Pneumatic pressing with a fragmentation of the juice, cold settling for 24 hours followed by fermentation in thermostatically regulated vats. Maturing on fine lees for several months according to tasting followed by a soft clarification before being bottled.
A beautiful minerality brings a lovely character. The palate is round with a finesse offering the aromatic flavors of gingerbread, honey and peach. The finish is persistent and ends on a light and refreshing mineral note. The first notes are very fine, complex and delicate. The aromas of peaches, quince and white flowers follow. Light aeration reveals the delicate scents of exotic fruit. The minerality brings a beautiful equilibrium and harmony.
Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Soil Composition: Steep hillsides of clay and limestone and gentle hills of heavy alluvium.