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Dagueneau, Vacheron, and Boulay: Lions of the Loire

Cat Stephani | August 2, 2022

Didier Dagueneau has been called many things, from his reputation as the ‘Wild Man of Pouilly’ to the notoriously titled ‘l’Enfant Terrible’. Perhaps renowned French oenologist Denis Dubourdieu put it best:

Dagueneau is one of the great winemakers of our generation.

The lasting legacy of this late Loire legend, a driving force behind some of the world’s most sought-after, singular, and age-worthy expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, has been carried forward by his son Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau since his untimely passing in 2008.

Sharing the same fastidious spirit of their visionary father, this 5th generation continues to cultivate Pouilly-Fumé of extraordinary purity and dimension, from the terroir-focused single-parcel cuvées of Buisson Renard and Pur Sang to the expressive and immediately inviting Blanc Etc.

While Dageneau’s iconic footprint marches on, the domaine is not the only liason of Loire forging a path forward in the world of extraordinary whites. Recent releases from neighboring Loire leaders Gérard Boulay and Domaine Vacheron offer exemplary expressions of sublime Sancerre, from the pure flinty soils of Les Romains to historic Clos de Beaujeu of Chavignol.