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 and other areas.
Many of the wines, including the Comte Lafond, are considered to be the finest examples of their type.
This wine comes from the hilltop town of Sancerre on the left bank of the Upper Loire at an elevation of around 300m. The flint, gravel and limestone soils yield a mineral character to the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Grapes picked from vineyard blocks are vinified separately and then blended together for best balance. No oak ageing.
This wine is pale gold in colour with green highlights. It has aromas of wild flowers and nettles combined with a flinty mineral edge. The palate shows crisp acidity with fresh, herbaceous flavours. Still in relative youth it has the potential to age for 5-6 years.