2018 Baron Patrick de Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 375 ml

Year: 2018
Appellation: Loire Valley
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"Pure, with tangerine zest, straw and nectarine notes sailing through. A bit linear, but shows intensity, featuring a moderately long finish. Drink now through 2021. 2,589 cases imported. -AZ" (WS)

Winery Notes:
Purchased by the Comte Lafond, an ancestor of the current owner, Baron Patrick de Ladoucette, Chateau du Nozet and its surrounding vineyards have a reputation for producing the finest Pouilly-Fume. The vineyards are in Pouilly-Fumé Contrôlée, which includes Pouilly-Sur-Loire, Saint-Andelin and Tracy at the eastern end of the Loire Valley (including the vineyard of the Château du Nozet estate). Both clay and limestone (Kimmeridgian marnes on fossilized limestone) influence the delicate characteristics in Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume.
Tasting Notes:
Pale golden-green color. Considerable intensity on the nose. It has an exceptional full range of floral, exotic and citrus fruit aromas such as white blossoms, hawthorn, broom and white nettles and grapefruit. These notes are enhanced and strengthened by the mineral note of gunflint (flint stone heated by the sun). The flavor is pleasant and lively, tempered by a fruity roundness with notes of pear, green apples and citrus fruits, which boost the mineral and stony hardness of gunflint. The finish brings to mind a pleasant lemony freshness.

Destemming before pressing. Vinification by gravity. 80 percent natural juices, 20 percent from pressing. Thermo-controlled fermentation at 60 degrees Fahrenheit in stainless-steel tanks for six to eight weeks, before maturing from three to six months on natural lees. The wine is blended seven to eight months after harvesting and stored in glass-tiled tanks. No wood is used in the vinification process in order to preserve the freshness and full flavor of the Sauvignon Blanc grape.