de La Doucette

France/ Loire Valley

One person has influenced much of the current wine reputation of France’s Loire Valley: Patrick de Ladoucette. Having taken over his family’s wine operations in 1972 at the young age of twenty, Baron de Ladoucette’s energy and vision have helped to elevate the quality and prestige of Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre and Vouvray, worldwide. The company owns over 200 acres of prime vineyards in these appellations and, in addition, contracts fruit from growers that meet the Baron’s strict criterions. This combination helps de Ladoucette meet the great demand for his wines, and makes him one of the most influential winemakers in the Loire Valley.The key to any de Ladoucette wine is quality – in the vineyard, the winery and the bottle.

Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.
- Ernest Hemingway