About Domaine Didier Dagueneau
Before he passed away in a tragic, small aircraft accident in September 2008, Didier Dagueneau built a reputation as the(italicize) cult producer of the Loire Valley. An eccentric man of many passions, Dagueneau competed internationally as a motorcycle racer until 1982 when he returned to his native St. Andelain to produced his first Sauvignon Blanc. By the time of his death he had built up a 12-hectare estate and a following bordering on criminal. The reason? Densely concentrated and powerful wines of compelling originality. These Sauvignon Blancs benefited from tiny yields, brutal selection, and unflagging attention to detail. One three-hectare plot on the outskirts of Pouilly fume, has a windmill installed at its center. Not for generating electricity, but aerating the vines. On cold nights when frost threatened the grapes, Dagueneau placed stoves under the windmill so it would blanket the crop in warm air. Furthermore, he employed double the number of employees than other wineries with the same acreage would, intent on producing 75% of the yields of his neighbors. In 2008 then, when Didier unexpectedly passed, many thought his Domaine was finished. How could anyone uphold a standard, so rigorous and exacting, and of such high quality. Well, it seems the old saying like father like son still carries some weight. At the young age of 25, Louis Benjamin Dagueneau inherited the domaine, made from fruit off the flinty hillsides of St. Andelain remains a revelation, but each and every wine in the Dagueneau portfolio is of high quality. These are the most expensive wines in Loire Sauvignon and deservedly so.