2009 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Buisson Renard- France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Pouilly-Fumé (6/4/2017)
What a brilliant wine…a delicate nose is shrouded in delicate notes of lemon meringue, oyster shell, and white grapefruit. On the palate it leads from a lean and focused vision of tropical fruit into a rounded and more intense key lime and green apple. Medium body, med+ acid, med- tannin and a long mouth-watering finish…outstanding!!!
Nice, I’m glad this showed so well for you. I’ve had VA problems with a couple of his '09s, including this one. The one I wrote a note on seemed wonderful underneath that. How do you think this compares to the wines Didier made?
Depending upon when he used to pick his grapes, this may have been the first vintage that his son handled from beginning to end. I’d be curious to try some side by side, knowing that they will not be ‘identical’ but hoping for some ‘familial resemblance’.
We’ve done this with Silex and Pur Sang…and there was no comparison. It was like the proverbial son standing in his father’s shoes…those shoes weren’t filled out yet (but maybe in time). The 2009’s didn’t have the 2007’s soul and depth. This was the first time I’ve thought that Louis Benjamin showed promise of being able to fill his father’s shoes. That sounds like a horribly harsh judgement…but to me it’s more a testament of how truly great his father’s wines were and what a challenging task it would be to try to fill them…this wine really impressed me. The Pur Sang was always my preferred wine by Didier…maybe that will shift with his son? I do think that the 2009 vintage was the first vintage where Louis Benjamin controlled everything from start to finish…as his father had a hand in the vineyard the year before. I was really pleased with this wine.
Some seriously flawed '09s and uninspiring '10s made me stop trying, but Kirk’s note gives me hope. When Didier’s wines are on, I think they are as good as Loire SB gets, and among the great white wines of the world.