Eric Asimov’s recent Wines of the Times column (5/29/19) featured wines from Sancerre and we were delighted to read that the top wine in the tasting was the Sancerre Comte Lafond 2017 by Baron de Ladoucette.
We were very fortunate to meet the Count and Countess in their Chateau de Nozet last year as part of our Loire Valley tour. In fact the lunch in their dining room
was the highlight of the tour in my estimation.
This was our 4th visit to Chateau de Nozet and it never stops being a thrill. To be invited into a private estate not open to the public and to have lunch with the Count and Countess is something special.
My first learning experience about the impact of soil on a wine was in fact during our first visit many years ago. The winemaker gave us a special tasting of 3 different Sancerre, produced on 3 different soils: limestone, clay and schist. These 3 components are then blended into the Sancerre that is bottled and sold.
Each wine was so different and the only differentiating factor was the soil. Each added a dimension to the wine and that lesson has stayed with me until today.
Eric Asimov described the wine as ‘fresh, pure, tangy and energetic, with deep, lingering citrus, saline and herbal aromas and flavors. This Sancerre was the most expensive wine of the tasting at $40 although you can find some Sancerres in the $20/$30 range.
But for me, Sancerre is de Ladoucette because of the wonderful memories we have. You can read more about our visit on our blog.