Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc
November 30, 2023, Kristen Bieler
“Shows power and length, with an alluring mix of orchard fruit and creamed apple flecked with sweet hay and honeysuckle. Still refreshing and vibrant, with fresh-cut chive, smoke and flint shavings on a persistent finish marked by brioche and fleur de sel. Drink now through 2027.”
October 1, 2023, Reggie Solomon
“Lemon-gold in color, this wine has a nose of brioche, vanilla and clove baking spice, Bosc pear, golden apple and hay. On the palate, it is impressive and complex. Limestone on the midpalate is bolstered by toast and wet stone. Drink now, but the wine could also benefit from one to three years of additional aging.”
Purchased by the Comte Lafond, an ancestor of the current owner, Baron Patrick de Ladoucette, Château du Nozet and its surrounding vineyards have a reputation for producing the finest Pouilly-Fumé. The vineyards are in Pouilly-Fumé Contrôlée, which includes Pouilly-sur-Loire, Saint-Andelain and Tracy-sur-Loire at the eastern end of the Loire Valley (including the vineyard of the Château du Nozet estate). Both clay and limestone influence the delicate characteristics in Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly-Fumé.
This Grande Cuvée of Pouilly Fumé is produced exclusively in the best years and from the first pressing of the estate’s grapes.
The winemaking 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 64ºF 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.
Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Aging Potential: From eight to ten years