2019 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc 'Le Petiot'

2019 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc 'Le Petiot'

For fans of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, you are going to want to try the 2019 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc 'Le Petiot.'

This fifth generation, family-run estate is making some of the top wines in the appellation. With warmer spring weather creeping in, this crisp, refreshing, and balanced white wine makes for a perfect sunny day sipper.

Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc ‘Le Petiot’

2019 Domaine Ricard Touraine Blanc 'Le Petiot'

Great alternative to Sancerre at a terrific price. Enjoy with fish, salads, or creamy goat cheese and baguette.

To order, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store. 

Vincent Ricard manages this idyllic domaine on the north side of the Cher River, about a 45 minute drive from Tours. His family has been growing grapes on their property since the 1860's. For years, they were members of the local cooperative, but Vincent took over in 1998, and he and his father bought themselves out of their cooperative contract. The following year, Domaine Ricard was established as an estate.

Much has changed since then. Vincent's father has retired, he has purchased additional parcels of vines, and all of Ricard's vineyards are now organic. The estate's Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are all located on south-facing slopes with clay and limestone soils, much like the terroir you'll find in Sancerre. The vines are nearing 40 years of age now, and the 2019 Loire vintage is a great one. Having tasted this wine just last night, I can attest to the quality of the vintage.

Monsieur Ricard crafts this wine in a very artisanal fashion as opposed to many of the mass produced wines of the region. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and is then aged on its fine lees for 6 months. 20% of the juice is aged in well-seasoned, older barrels, and this process gives this wine its fresh yet rounded personality. It also makes this one a little to easy to drink.

A classic Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc in every way, this one exudes intense notes of tangerine, gooseberry, pear, green apple, crushed rock, and green herbs. The palate is a touch fuller and rounder than a Sancerre, but there's plenty of acidity here to keep things bright and crisp. And with Sancerre prices rising all the time, this is an insane value in top-flight, Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

To order, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store. 

Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville