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Wednesday
Oct262011

Too Expensive for a White Wine? The Dagueneau 2009's Are Here!

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Silex" Pouilly-Fumé By: Eric Story | K&L Loire Valley Wine Buyer

Don’t let yourself be fooled. Ask any winemaker and he/she will tell you that the process of making white wine is by far one of the most difficult things a winemaker can do. To create white wines that are considered world class and some of the most prestigious wines to ever be bottled is quite a feat indeed. 

This is what happens with Sauvignon Blanc at Domaine Didier Dagueneau in France's Loire Valley. Didier's son Benjamin took over for his father’s untimely death back in 2008. Since then he has not only filled the huge shoes that his father left behind, but has begun lacing up a bigger pair. This kid is frustratingly talented (I say that because he is younger than me) and is making legendary wines from the place where he was born, raised, respects and is proud to show off.

Here is a quick rundown of the different cuvées:

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Silex" Pouilly-Fumé ($109.99)

Produced from vines ranging in age from 15-50 years old planted high on the slopes of Saint Andelain (the highest village in the Pouilly-Fume appellation) and only from vineyard plots that have an extremely high content of silex. The vines are cropped to produce much lower yields than most. The juice is then barrel fermented and then aged in the famous Dagueneau cigar barrels. Since there is a much lower clay content in the soils, this wine is typically much more austere in its youth and needs a fair amount of time to come into itself. This is considered the Domain’s top wine and often referred to as their “Grand Cru”.

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Buisson Renard" Pouilly Fumé ($89.99)

Produced from vines from a single plot located mid-slope on the southwest side of Saint Andelain. The soil here is a nearly perfect and harmonious mixture of clay and silex. It is barrel fermented and aged in mostly neutral 450 and 600 liter barrels. This site was formally known as Buisson Menard until a French journalist committed the mistake of calling is Buisson Renard and it has been known as such since.  

 

 

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Pur Sang" Pouilly-Fumé

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Pur Sang" Pouilly-Fumé ($79.99)

This is made mostly from a south/southwest vineyard site called “La Folie” which is located just north of Saint Andelain. There is a very small percentage of silex here but the soils are deep and contain rich clay with some chalky limestone. The wines are then treated very much in the same way as the “Silex” cuvée. This is typically the most popular cuvée from the domaine.

 

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Blanc Fumé de Pouilly"

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Blanc Fumé de Pouilly" ($64.99) 

This is the “entry level” cuvée – if there is such a thing. Produced from younger vine plots not actually on the hill of Saint Andelain. The entire purpose of this wine is to show off the pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc from the typical Pouilly Fumé terroir. Always a good showing of up front minerals and citrus with plenty of supporting weight coming through the finish.

 

Friday
Aug192011

Wine of the Week: 2006 Jo Pithon "La Croix Picot" Savennieres ($14.99) 

This stunning Savennieres has been cellared in a temperture controlled warehouse and is drinking at its peak. Available for $14.99 at K&L while supplies last! We were thrilled to get ahold of the last of the 2006 Jo Pithon "Les Bergères" Anjou Blanc  earlier this year, which disappeared like hotcakes once word spread of the dissolution of the Jo Pithon label.* So, when some 06 Savennieres became available (one of the last wines he produced), we grabbed all we could! This stunning Chenin will not stay in stock for very long, though...

"Savennieres is traditionally the longest lived expression of dry Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley of France. Jo Pithon was forced out of his property by some unscrupulous double dealings with his business partners and the 2006 "La Croix Picot" Savennieres ($14.99; previously $34) was one of the last wines he produced. Full of honeycomb, spice and apple skin notes, this stunning 100% Chenin Blanc has a medium to full bodied texture with vibrant underlying acidity. It has been cellared in a temperature-controlled warehouse and is drinking at its peak." -Keith Mabry, K&L Staff Member (08/18/2011)

*NOTE: Jo Pithon continues to make great wines in a partnership with his son-in-law under the Pithon-Paille label.

Thursday
Mar252010

Winery to Watch: Frédéric Mabileau 

Have you gotten over the picture of Frédéric Mabileau in pigeage? This is a man who is truly invested in his wine—body and soul.

All joking aside, Frédéric Mabileau is one of our favorite Loire Valley producers because he is passionate about what he does. His 27 hectares in Saint Nicolas de Bourgeuil are planted mostly to Cabernet Franc and are in the process of becoming certified organic by ECOCERT, a slow, arduous changeover Mabileau started just a few years ago. His tender care of the fruit in the vineyard continues through harvest, when Maibleau picks grapes by hand to ensure that only the best fruit is made into wine.

But why we really love the wines of Frédéric Mabileau, and are so eager to share them with you, is that they are wonderful representations of what the Loire Valley has to offer—fresh, food-friendly wines that are easy on the wallet and proof that you don’t have to sacrifice quality or taste in these hard economic times.

We currently carry three of Mabileau’s wines. The 2007 Frédéric Mabileau Bourgueil “Racines” ($19.99) is a great crossover style Cabernet Franc that comes from a single parcel planted in clay and limestone soils that are, on average, 60 years old. It is aged for eight months in barrique, which gives it more texture and spice than your average Bourgueil without being over the top. Its dark black and blue fruit on the palate is complemented by round, well-integrated tannins.

My personal favorite was the 2006 Frédéric Mabileau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgeuil “Les Rouillères” ($16.99), which has a cherry-scented perfume that sends me spiralling into memories of early summer picnics and cool ocean breezes. It also has a delicately interwoven floral component and juicy acidity that make it the perfect accompaniment to grilled fish, charcuterie or, my favorite Sunday supper, roasted chicken with panzanella. Keep your eyes peeled for a new vintage.

Lest we forget during these waning days of summer, we also have the vibrant 2008 Frédéric Mabileau “Osez” Rosé ($8.99), which is made with Cabernet Franc and has lovely citrus and peach aromas and flavors with a hint of red berry on the finish. A must-have for September sunsets.