It is with deep sadness that I report the death of one of the most celebrated winemakers of France, Didier Dagueneau.  He was only 52 when he died yesterday in plane crash. As you can see from the photo he was not your typical vigneron, but instead a unique winemaker whose wines were bigger than their appellation.  Working in the Pouilly-Fumé district of the Loire Valley, he made a name for himself by calling out the slobbish practices of his neighbors and for making Sauvignon Blanc in a riper creamier (while still mineral) style during a time when many Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs were imitating New Zealand’s harsh vegetal style. This article by Loire expert Jacqueline Friedrich is an excellent summary/introduction to Dagueneau. She has also posted the first of many memories of him on her blog.

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