Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2005
Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
Pale golden-green color. Considerable intensity on the nose. It has an exceptional full range of floral, exotic and citrus fruit aromas such as white blossoms, hawthorn, broom and white nettles and grapefruit. These notes are enhanced and strengthened by the mineral note of gunflint (flint stone heated by the sun). The flavor is pleasant and lively, tempered by a fruity roundness with notes of pear, green apples and citrus fruits, which boost the mineral and stony hardness of gunflint. The finish brings to mind a pleasant lemony freshness.
"The Ladoucette flagship 2005 Pouilly-Fume...presents the nose with gooseberry, cassis, peach, lime and positively sneeze-inducing pungency of lavender and catnip. As is always the case, at its best this wine achieves a superb combination of textural richness and ripe fruit with pungent herbal- mineral shadings, and refreshing citrus. There is real lift in its persistent finish of perfumed herbs, fruit pits, chalk dust, and citrus zest."
The Wine Advocate
"Has a lovely texture, with the creaminess up front, backed by mineral, sea salt, lemon curd and floral notes. The finish is long and pure. Very pretty. Drink now."
"Light gold. Ripe pear, white peach and baked apple on the nose, with an exotic twist of orange peel. Soft, round and supple, with ripe orchard and citrus flavors, gentle acidity and a long, almost sweet finish. This is delicious, and would pair well with richer dishes."
International Wine Cellar
"One of the Year's Best Sauvignon Blancs (June 2008 issue) "Vibrant and lively, this show fragrant aromas of peach, pear and guava packed into a sleekly muscular frame. It's rich in body yet never feels heavy, supported by crisp acidity that balances the weight and elongates that flavors on the finish."
Wine & Spirits
Fantastic wine from a legendary source. Perfectly acidic with complex full flavors and a long finish. The minerality took me right back to Loire Valley, France. Unfortunately wine.com falsely advertised it was 90 pts from Wine Spectator, when it is rated 89, but I'd vouch for 90+.
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The largest and most famous Pouilly-Fume 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 Fume has earned a reputation as one of the...
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It's unfortunate that this region is so under appreciated and overlooked - the wines from the Loire Valley are outstanding. They are delicious examples of varietal and soil expression and the wide range of wines is so refreshing. Dry, sweet, sparkling, red, white… all represented here in the Loire. The main white grapes are Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds...
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One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety
that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire
Valley of France to Marlborough
in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique
and delicious flavors.
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