Vincent Ricard is the 5th generation of his family to run this excellent small estate in the Loire Valley, and since taking over has gained quite a reputation in the area and increasingly internationally.
Production is small but quality is excellent thanks to the age of the vines (30 – 40 years old); the excellent terroir (the same clay and limestone soil that creates the richest Sancerres); and Vincent’s meticulous attention to detail throughout the production process – including keeping herbicide and pesticide use to an absolute minimum.
The Tasciaca 2016 comes from the highest Sauvignon Blanc plots on the estate and is fermented and aged in old oak barrels rather than stainless steel tanks - a technique used by the top Loire winemakers which adds texture and complexity to the finished product. Not oakiness as would be the case if the barrels were new.
Offered: March 2018
Vintage report: Tricky weather conditions throughout but the vintage ended well with fine weather at the end of summer and the resulting Sauvignon Blanc grapes tended to be concentrated with excellent aromatics.
Drinking window: 2018 – 2021.
Food matching: This white has the weight to stand up to food well. It would be perfect with goats cheese or creamy fish and chicken dishes.