Producer: DIDIER DAGUENEAU
Didier Dagueneau was affectionately referred to as the ‘Wild man of Pouilly’ not only because of his looks but also because of his ideas that seemed crazy at the time. He cut his yields by half, tilling his vineyards with horses instead of a tractor. He paid scrupulous attention to detail at every stage from vineyard management (biodynamic since 1993) to the cellar. He redeemed the reputation of Pouilly Fumé and became one of the greatest winemakers of his generation. It was one of the biggest blows to the wine trade when he died in a tragic accident in 2008.
This wine, made in tiny quantities from ridiculously low yields of (100%) Petit Manseng, offers all the purity and precision of Dagueneau’s greatest wines. The pricing reflects the costs of making the wine. To arrive at the sale price, Didier previously claimed he simply totalled up the cost of project each year and divided this total by the number of bottles made! This is an exceptionally rare wine, and probably one of the greatest expressions of sweet Jurancon on the market today.
“The nobly-concentrated Dagueneau Jurancons – of which I tasted a 2005 and 2004 – are magnificent, with superb detail, magical levity, as well as irresistibility rather than over-the-top sweetness. ‘The idea is to have a balance with high acidity, not a confiture,’ remarks Benjamin Dagueneau. ‘Chateau d’Yquem is very good, but heavy. These wines aim at something a little more Germanic in style.’ I was already grinning before he said this!” David Schildknecht, eRobertParker.com