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Ladoucette, Comte Lafond Sancerre, Loire, France, 2020

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Overview of the Wine
The largest and most famous Pouilly-Fumé vineyards have 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 the French king, Louis XV.

The estate is now owned by Baron Patrick de Ladoucette, a descendant of the Comte Lafond, and Pouilly Fumé has earned a reputation as one of the world’s great white wines. After taking over Ladoucette in 1972, the Baron extended his activities to Sancerre, Chablis, Vouvray and Chinon.

Today, the Baron produces outstanding Loire Valley wines under the de Ladoucette, Marc Bredif, La Poussie, Regnard and Baron Patrick labels. Many of the wines, including the Pouilly Fumé de Ladoucette, Baron de L and Comte Lafond, are considered to be the finest examples of their type.

Grape / Blend
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Origin
Loire, France

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Beautiful crystalline dress, pale gold. The olfactory expression opens immediately on a succession of shades that are constantly renewed. First citrus fruits (orange peel and lemon), then summer fruits (white peach and pear) finally honey notes on a subtle background of peppermint... an excellent complexity that translates richness and elegance. The lively and very frank attack precedes the acidulous roundness of the summer fruits expressed by the nose which are mingled with the refreshing flavors of exotic fruits (lychee, mango). Then, in delicate harmony, the fat and smells of fresh almond and pear are revealed. The finish, based on a stony minerality, is prolonged on notes of very ripe lemon.

This wine pairs beautifully with shellfish, seafood and goat cheeses.

94 Points - Ian Blackburn
There are so many wonderful Sancerre renditions, but there are a huge number of underachievers. Comte Lafond has earned its praise as one of the pinnacle producers.  They own some of the best vineyard holdings established in the 1700’s. The aromatics are spot on typical - light - restrained - clean and fresh. Quality marks also in the concentration, intensity, weight and viscosity.  The mouth is both refined and elevated, with a sensational acidity on the finish. Color 14/15, Aromas 23.5/25, Body/Structure 23.5/25, Overall Impression 33/35 = 94 Points

Product size: 750ml

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