Live from the Loire Valley: Sancerre & Pouilly Fumé

Our trip started in Paris where our bus picked us up to bring us to Chateau du Nozet in Pouilly Fumé, home of Baron Patrick deLadoucette. I knew from previous experience that everyone would love this visit, and we were not disappointed.

Mr. deLadoucette is a consummate marketing person and he and his wife Anne welcomed us into their magnificent chateau where we had a wonderful lunch in the family dining room, preceded by a comprehensive tasting of his wines. This was probably the highlight visit among many great visits.

Baron Ladoucette and his wife Anne

Baron Ladoucette and his wife Anne

The winery produces 500,000 bottles,with holdings of 100 hectares out of a total of 1000 in the Pouilly Fumé AOC

Their philosophy is to use terroir as a technique and the best plots are Cote Rotie and Bellevue with Southern exposure making for rich wines. The Sauvignon Blanc is Pouilly has more minerality and creaminess than Sancerre whereas Sancerre is more delicate with more aromas.

Baron deLadoucette predicts that 2018 will be a great vintage. They use the clay, gravel and limestone terroir to perfection and vinify plots individually before blending.

Our tasting all Pouilly Fumé:  2006, clean, crisp, slight mederization because of the age; 2012 Grand Millésime, delicious apricot, peach aromas, lighter body with distinct minerality, hint of sweetness, rich, creamy; 2017, fresh, floral, yellow gold; 2015 Baron de L, only made in the best vintages from the oldest vines and best plots, can age for 15/20 years; 2002 Baron de L, ripe fruit aroma, deep dark yellow color, lush rich yet soft, a magnificent wine.

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