Alain Cailbourdin, 2019 Update

Alain Cailbourdin has had a tough time of it in recent years. So have others up and down the Loire Valley of course, but I would suggest Alain has suffered more than many. The problem has, of course, been frost. In the 2017 vintage Alain lost about 50% of his crop to frost (more than he told me last year), whereas in 2016 he declares the damage to have been somewhat higher, at about 70%. This means, adding up the 2016 and 2017 vintages, Alain has brought in a volume which is barely equivalent to a normal harvest. I know of others who have lost more, for example Bonnet-Huteau in Muscadet, but there are not many who can beat Alain’s story across these two vintages.

Alain Cailbourdin

Happily things were better here (and everywhere else) in the 2018 vintage, a generous year which has given us both quantity and quality. On this most recent encounter with Alain (pictured above) I tasted through the 2018 vintage, all samples drawn from cuve, as well as the 2017 vintage from bottle, and of course I took a look at the latest release of Triptyque.

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