2011 Pouilly Fume Silex, Didier Dagueneau 75CL
A delightfully intense bouquet of hedge flowers and resinous herbs rises from the glass, anticipating the bittersweet presence of herbal essences and inner-mouth floral perfume, allied to nut and citrus oils on a dense, subtly oleaginous palate.
Something of a maverick in the Loire, Didier Dagueneau had been single-mindedly dedicated to producing wines of the utmost quality with the specific aim of producing the "the best Sauvignon Blancs in the world," until his untimely and tragic death in September 2008. Didier was by no means afraid of experimentation, one of the few to ferment his Sauvignon's in oak barrels.
His 11.5 hectares of land are spread over the Pouilly appellation and consist of mainly clay and flint based soils – ‘Silex’ in French. Low yields through de-budding and short pruning, and a manual harvest of successive ‘tris’ ensure that only the healthiest grapes are used. Each of his Cuvees are all or part fermented in a mixture of barriques, and, increasingly, demi muid barrels.
His son, Benjamin, will now take total control of winemaking and continue his father's great legacy. Silex is Dagueneau's Grand Cru. Designed for ageing, it will be quite closed and austere in it's youth, but will reward cellaring. Stunning.