In a nutshell: A classic, refined and elegant style of premium Sancerre from a top qualty producer.
The lowdown: This wine comes from the Domaine owned vineyards of Comte Lafond in Sancerre and is regarded as one of the very best Sancerre's available. Remarkable and aromatic intensity on the nose. Floral notes of white flowers such as hawthorn, acacia, eglantine, and elderflower. This is backed up by blackcurrant buds and wild flowers. Lively, full and refreshing, it's dominated by flinty stones and chalk typical of fine Sancerre wines.
When to drink: With its liveliness and elegance it can very easily be enjoyed by itself, but with food think about rich and creamy seafood and shellfish dishes.
Since the late 18th Century, the family of Comte Lafond has owned the largest and most famous vineyards in the Pouilly region, known as the Château du Nozet. This 165 hectare estate produces 10% of the entire Pouilly Fumé appellation. In 1972 Baron Patrick de Ladoucette took over, concentrating his efforts on wine production, with an emphasis on the importance and the diversity of his estate vineyards. De Ladoucette are acclaimed for producing some of the worlds finest Sauvignon Blancs, including the top cuvée Baron de L, made from the finest parcels on the estate. It is only produced in exceptional years and is one of the few Sauvignons renowned for its ability to age. Also during Patrick de Ladoucette's watch they've added estates in Sancree, Chablis, Vouvray and Chinon. In particular Sancerre Comte Lafond has established a reputation the equal of de Ladoucette's. A £3 million investment was made to improve and modernise the winery at Château du Nozet, to further enhance the unique quality, individual style and consistency of their signature wine; de Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé. Wines from de Ladoucette are regarded as some of the finest examples of Frances key wine producing regions, with a reputation for elegance, complexity and quality.