August 2022 92 Points View From the Cellar

“The Comte Lafond bottling is one of the Sancerres produced by the Ladoucette family, and it is consistently excellent. The 2020 is no exception, offering up a precise and vibrant nose of gooseberry, lime, chalky minerality, gentle grassiness and a topnote of lemon peel. On the palate the wine is vibrant, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a good core, fine mineral drive and cut, zesty acids and a long, seamlessly-balanced finish. This is lovely and nicely low octane for the vintage, coming in at a svelte 12.5 percent octane. 2022-2030.”

August 2022 92+ Points View From the Cellar

“The 2020 Pouilly-Fumé from Domaine de Ladoucette is a touch less ripe than some of its vintage counterparts this year, coming in listed at 13.5 percent alcohol, but it is still riper than a typical vintage at this iconic estate. The wine offers up a deep and expressive bouquet of lemon, gooseberry, lime, fresh-cut grass, a beautiful base of flinty soil tones and a topnote of citrus blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and fairly primary still, with a fine core of fruit, good soil signature, bouncy acids and fine focus and grip on the long, well-balanced and 41 nascently complex finish. In most vintage, this bottling absolutely sings from the moment of its release, but the 2020 really could do with a bit of bottle age to stretch its wings. 2023-2035.”

August 2022 93 Points View From the Cellar

“The 2018 Pouilly-Fumé “Baron de L” from Chateau de Ladoucette is a nicely ripe wine, but in this hot summer, its 13.5 percent octane is quite refreshing. The bouquet offers up a complex nose of lime, tangerine, fresh-cut grass, flinty minerality and a topnote of citrus blossoms. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and complex, with a good core, fine soil signature and bounce, sound framing acids and a long, beautifully balanced finish. This does not 42 have the cut of a cooler growing season, so I would suspect that drinking this wine over the next handful of years will pay dividends. Fine juice. 2022-2027.”

July 19, 2022 90 Points VinePair

“The beautiful bucolic village of Sancerre at the eastern end of the Loire Valley is not the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc, but — due to the high-draining soils and coolish climate — it has become known to some as the purest expression of this variety. You will find such purity in this wonderful bottle of wine. Drying, chalky minerality is perceived on the nose and carries to the palate. The acidity is gripping and active and just bursts through the wine. This is a great way to introduce yourself to this region.”