The Les Trois Chênes has a saturated yellow gold color with flashes of platinum at the edge. White grapefruit, Meyer lemon and fresh pineapple emerge in the nose, with fleeting suggestions of linden flowers, lavender, and freshly sliced poblano peppers moving in and out of the foreground as the wine evolves in the glass. The seventy year-old vines, and the long maturation in neutral barrels result in a sumptuous, mouth-coating wine; a rounder and fuller counterpoint to racy Sancerre. On the palate, flavors of citrus and pineapple echo the nose, adding green apple peel, fennel, and fresh ginger, all interwoven with firmly hewn salty silex minerality.
About this wine producer: In 1998, Vincent Ricard took over Domaine Ricard, an estate in the Loire Valley that has been in his family for five generations. Previously, the family sent their grapes to the Oisly-Thésée Cave, a cooperative founded by Vincent’s grandfather. However, Vincent decided to withdraw from the cooperative, which irritated the local growers, who even petitioned the I.N.A.O. to deny him the status of Appellation Controlée. Even with this adversity, Vincent continued to estate bottle his harvest each year, and is now admired for his high-quality wines. Located on the “Côteaux du Cher," the estate’s 30 hectares (74 acres) of vineyards are planted mostly to Sauvignon Blanc, with smaller parcels of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Gamay. Vincent’s skilled viticultural and winemaking practices demonstrate the influence of his renowned mentor Didier Dagueneau, who he worked with in Pouilly-sur-Loire. In 2016, Domaine Ricard became certified organic and Vincent also incorporates elements of biodynamics in his vineyards.