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Trimming leaves and branches off the vines. Chateau de Tracy, Pouilly sur Loire, France


Chateau de Tracy, Pouilly-sur-Loire, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Chateau de Tracy is a winery in the upper Loire, in Pouilly sur Loire, just across the river from Sancerre. It is owned by the family of the count d’Estutt d’Assay. The main building is a rather grand chateau overlooking a valley. As many of the properties in this region, they make exclusively white wine from the sauvignon blanc grape, with the appellation Pouilly-Fumé. Some tasters say that the ‘fumé’ (smoky) comes from a slightly smoky or flinty aroma in the vine, coming from the flinty soil. I have great difficulties discerning that. The wines are very racy, elegant and fresh. In the area there is also some white made from chasselas (under the Pouilly-sur-Loire appellation).

The vineyards are managed in what is called ‘culture raisonnée’ (sometimes, curiously, called sustainable wine growing in English). This means, in short, that they use very little chemical treatment but if really needed they will use it. An interesting experiment they are doing is a vineyard planted with very high density – vines planted at 17,000 vines per hectare (compared to the usual 7000 to 10,000). This has turned out very well and produces a full-bodied complex sauvignon blanc wine. They call it “HD” (haute densité).


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