Vincent Ricard is the 5th generation of his family to run this excellent small estate in the Loire Valley, and despite his youth has already gained quite a reputation in the area and increasingly internationally.
Production is small and quality is supreme 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. This is a technique only really 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.
No one else imports Vincent's wines into the UK (there is just one merchant selling this white in Ireland - for over £20 a bottle I might add), and for fans of Sauvignon Blanc this is one not to be missed.
Tasting notes: A wonderfully fresh, floral and zesty nose with notes of grapefruit and orange. Refreshing, balanced acidity on the palate, good weight and a lingering finish. An absolute pleasure to drink.
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.
"Vincent Ricard is a top producer when it comes to excellent and authentic wine qualities, which are available at very reasonable prices." - Robertparker.com.