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Domaine Ricard Le Petiot.

Sauvignon Blanc

Loire Valley, France

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Domaine Ricard Le Petiot.

This Sauvignon Blanc exudes aromas of gooseberries, grapefruit and honey followed through by a flinty, citrus acidity and mineral richness. An outstanding white wine from Touraine.

Country
France
Region
Loire Valley
Grapes
Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage
2016
ABV
12.5
Code
10555
Style
White
Intensity Light bodied Full bodied
Acidity Low High
Style Dry Sweet
Vincent Ricard

HISTORY

Domaine Ricard is situated on the southern facing slopes of the Cher River in the Touraine region, not far from Chenonceau. The Ricard family has been growing vines here for generations. Vincent’s grandfather was a founding member of the local co-op but it was not until Vincent took over that they started making their own wines. He farms 17 hectares of vines which are predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, but he also grows Caberbnet Franc and Cot (Malbec).

 

TROUBLE MAKER

Very early on he got in to trouble with the authorities for producing a red wine with too much structure and concentration and therefore atypical of the appellation! When he applied for appellation controlée he was denied it because his wines were so completely different to the bulk wines produced by the local co-operatives. Vincent’s wicked sense of humour and healthy disregard for the status quo led him to duly label his red Le Vilain P’tit Rouge, “the little red villain”.

 

WONDERFUL WINES

His wines are fresh, lively and very representative of the terroir. His Le Petiot is lively and modern but very much Loire, not New Zealand. The red Le P’tit Villain, ripe with cherry fruit and spice, is idiosyncratic and not something you come across often. Vincent Ricard is a great example of the personality of the winemaker finding its way into the glass.

Domaine Ricard

This family estate for 5 generations is located on the Cher hills, south exposure. It extends over 22 ha in Appellation Touraine Blanc 3 ha in Appellation Touraine Chenonceaux Blanc 3.5 ha in Appellation Touraine Rouge

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