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Pouilly-Fumé, Château de Tracy 2013

White Wine from France - Loire
This fine estate, with its imposing château, has been thoroughly rejuvenated in recent years. The late, great Professor Denis Dubourdieu helped to further refine the style of this grand old estate, with the accent very much on purity and finesse.Thus this is no aperitif sauvignon, but a wine of restraint, to enliven the palate and to complement, rather than compete with, good food (the best fish and shellfish, the finest of goat’s cheese). Its typically firm seam of acidity refreshes, and gives full, long expression to the wine in the glass, and it is a sign of its ageing potential too.
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Code: LO11431

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Cork, natural

Château de Tracy

An historic estate with records dating back to 1396, the Château de Tracy is owned by the Comtesse d'Estutt d'Assay, whose ancestors, the Stutt family came from Scotland in the 15th century to help the future King Charles Vll of France during the Hundred Years War.

The imposing fairytale château is situated at Tracy-sur-Loire and would not look out of place in the Médoc and is certainly the grandest in these Central vineyards of the Loire. The estate has been thoroughly rejuvenated in recent years and is producing an excellent range of wines.

The late renowned consultant and Professor of Oenology, Denis Dubourdieu was winemaking consultant here for many years and his influence shows in the purity of the wines and in their more lifted aromatic profile.

Visitors are welcomed (NB a tasting fee may be payable) from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 12 noon, and from 13.30 to 17.30.

Loire Vintage 2013

For most Loire Valley producers 2013 was a decent vintage in which white wines of freshness and vivacity were made by good producers. Reds are a slightly different story as it was difficult to get the grapes to full ripeness in August and September when the weather was mild and disappointing.

The Vouvray crop was devastated by hail storms in June with some 70% of the crop being destroyed. What remained has proved to be of very good quality in the hands of the best growers. Montlouis across the river had already suffered severe frost damage in late April but was missed by the golf ball sized hailstones that smashed into Vouvray and again quality should be good.

Overall the harvest was late by nearly a month, even after a warm dry July, August and September. Some rain in September, particularly in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Menetou, gave growers pause to worry about some rot issues but, as ever, those who worked hard and diligently in their vineyards were able to bring in healthy...
For most Loire Valley producers 2013 was a decent vintage in which white wines of freshness and vivacity were made by good producers. Reds are a slightly different story as it was difficult to get the grapes to full ripeness in August and September when the weather was mild and disappointing.

The Vouvray crop was devastated by hail storms in June with some 70% of the crop being destroyed. What remained has proved to be of very good quality in the hands of the best growers. Montlouis across the river had already suffered severe frost damage in late April but was missed by the golf ball sized hailstones that smashed into Vouvray and again quality should be good.

Overall the harvest was late by nearly a month, even after a warm dry July, August and September. Some rain in September, particularly in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Menetou, gave growers pause to worry about some rot issues but, as ever, those who worked hard and diligently in their vineyards were able to bring in healthy grapes. In short it was a vintage more for white wines than reds.
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2013 vintage reviews

Decanter

This was, I have tosay, the best sauvignon blanc I've drunk in recoverable and trustworthy memory,which probably means the last two or three years. Why? Because it wasn't a'sauvignon...
This was, I have tosay, the best sauvignon blanc I've drunk in recoverable and trustworthy memory,which probably means the last two or three years. Why? Because it wasn't a'sauvignon blanc' so much as a beautifully sappy, vibrant, softly green whitewine. It made me realise that any wine grower who wants to produce truly greatsauvignon blanc should be doing everything they can to mute, rather thanamplify, its varietal characteristics. And that the Central Loire really is agreat terroir for this grape.
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- Andrew Jefford

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