Ladoucette Sancerre Comte Lafond 2018
An individualistic example of Sancerre, the olfactory expression of this Sauvignon opens with layers of citrus fruits (orange peel and lemon), summer fruits (white peach and pear) followed by honey notes on a subtle background of peppermint. Rich and elegant, the lively and forward attack is followed by roundness of the summer fruits and exotic fruits (lychee, mango). Then, in delicate harmony, the scents of fresh almond and pear are revealed. The finish, based on a stony minerality in the soils, is prolonged on notes of very ripe lemon. This wine pairs beautifully with shellfish, seafood and goat cheeses.
We visited this historic estate in the Loire Valley while visiting a good friend living in Sancerre. Ladoucette is the most famous estate in Pouilly-Fumé, which neighbors the area of Sancerre, and also grows Sauvignon Blanc to produce beautiful white wine. The vineyard has been in the hands of the Comte Lafond and Ladoucette families since 1787, when the Comte Lafond purchased the estate from the illegitimate daughter of King Louis XV. The estate has been owned by Baron Patrick de Ladoucette, a descendant of the Comte Lafond, since 1972. Today, the Baron produces outstanding Loire Valley wines under the de Ladoucette, Marc Bredif, La Poussie, Regnard and Baron Patrick labels.
|Region||France, Loire Valley, Sancerre|
Wine SpectatorTangy lemon, lime and grapefruit notes are laced by hints of straw and wheatgrass in this bone-dry white. Shows a slight crunch on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,674 cases imported.