2011 Domaine de la Potine Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
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4.00 out of 5 stars!
Member Reviews:

***** Little Sancerre at Half the Price
This is as good or better than wines I have had at twice the price. Crisp and refreshing - with bright fruit. Paired perfectly with goat cheese. Well done.
-- Sergio from Provo, UT

***** New everyday white!
Crisp, refreshing, consistent. Great before and during meals. It's a keeper.
-- Stan from Hudson, OH

***** Fantastic. Very Interesting
Very complex. Most notable was a musky nose that I have traditionally detected in very rustic Normandy cider. Minty, grassy, lemon balm.
-- Brett from West Chester, PA

***** Better than last year's
This was an improvement of an excellent 2010 vintage.
-- William from Matthews, NC

Thirty-Three Stars

In August, we wrote a story about Vincent Ricard's winegrowing challenge, one that ultimately earned one of France's greatest white wine bargains 31 placements on Michelin star wine lists. Four months later, that number is 33.

Ricard was in his early 20s when he returned to his family's estate, set just a few clicks up the road from the Chateau de Clemenceau. After a stint with Philippe Alliet in Chinon, and plenty of mentoring from Didier Dagueneau, Ricard was poised to raise the bar -- much to the chagrin of his Loire Valley neighbors.

Unlike Dagueneau, who made quite a stir in Pouilly-Sur-Loire, Ricard preferred a more reticent approach. Quietly, he took to the hillsides, reshaping each plant, aggressively trimming back yields, just as his mentors had taught him. Les voisins took one look at Ricard's manicured vines before harvest. Another at those first Sauvignon Blanc releases -- so fruity, mineral and Sancerre-like. Then, they struck back.

Vincent's wines were "a part," or out of character, it was argued, far more akin to what Dagueneau was turning out in St. Andelain than anything coming off the flint-strewn slopes of Thésée-La-Romaine. If Ricard's Sauvignons were to hit the market carrying the Touraine appellation, they would cut the neighbors' wines off at the knees. A complaint was filed with the INAO, requesting that Ricard's wines be excluded from the appellation. Why? They were too rich, too complex … too GOOD!

When we visited Vincent in June, he laughed about those early days, suggesting that "l'attaque" served only to reinforce his resolve, encouraging him to push the envelope in the vines further than even Dagueneau had suggested. Then, we tasted a riveting lineup of brilliant 2011 Sauvignon Blancs, from a stunning vintage that falls somewhere between the fleshy opulence of 2009 and the stony minerality of 2010.

It wouldn't take long to be reminded why so many Michelin stars make an annual pilgrimage to Thésée-La-Romaine. Ricard's Sauvignons are brilliant. If the 2011 "?" is a brilliant tribute to Dagueneau's "Silex", and the marvelous Trois Chênes a top shelf Sancerre look-alike, it would again be "Potine" that so many call the greatest white wine bargain in France.

Estate-grown-and-bottled, this piercing 2011 is greenish-gold in color with marvelous, fresh cut aromas of apple, pear and quince. The attack is juicy, crisp and wonderfully fresh, surprisingly rich for anything sporting today's price tag.

Tasting Notes

2011 Domaine de la Potine Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
"Pale green color. Bright, vibrant mineral aromas of apple and quince. Juicy and refreshing on the attack with a fine, ripe kernel of apple tinged with anise, all bracketed by the piercing flint soil minerality that has vaulted Ricard's wines into the Michelin stars. Drink now-2013."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

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