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David Maudry

A fantastic discovery (if we do say so ourselves) from our most recent tasting recce in France.

Maison Lispaul is a small family estate located in Tracy sur Loire, in the heart of Pouilly-Fumé. The estate was founded by David Maudry and wife, Shirley, who named their domaine in honour of their children, Lison and Paul-Henri. Lispaul’s stock-in-trade is great-value terroir sauvignon blanc, not just from within the celebrated appellations of Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre (they also make also Menetou-Salon red, white and rosé), but also outwith: their Val de Loire sauvignon, for example, is a Pouilly-Fumé in all but name - when the Pouilly-Fumé appellation was created, the Maudry family chose not to pay for classification of all of their land that could be classified, because at that time they were not growing vines on certain plots.

These wines are straight-as-an-arrow, ‘Ronseal’ terroir sauvignons from prime clay-limestone and flint soils with ideal southerly exposure. Ageing in most cases is in steel tank, to preserve the purity of fruit and terroir character of Loire sauvignon blanc; one exception is the prestige cuvée, Pouilly-Fumé Cuvée Garenne, which is aged in top-quality French oak barrels. Over the years, Lispaul has made incremental steps towards making its work in the winery more sustainable, and its work in the cellar more sensitive to preserving the terroir character of their wines; lutte raisonnée practices in the vineyard are combined with proper respect for the environment.

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