Domaine Cady, 2018 Update

The Cady family settled in Saint-Aubin-de-Luigné back in 1927, at first working the land as a smallholding, the vines jostling for position alongside the other crops. With time the domaine shifted towards viticulture, but it was only in the latter years of the 20th century, under the tenure of Philippe Cady, that the superb potential of their vineyards really began to shine through. Today his son Alexandre Cady runs the shop, the fourth generation to take hold of the reins. He has 28 hectares to work with, all of which are managed using organic techniques, certified by ECOCERT.

As with many Anjou domaines Alexandre (pictured below) turns out a diverse range of wines in all colours, white, pink and red, as well as a number of different moelleux cuvées. They are all worth a look, but it is really with the sweet wines that the domaine operates on a world-class level, as the top cuvées are wines that could hold their own against any other sweet wine, from any other region of the world, at any price point.

Domaine Cady

As with all domaines in the region the Cady family has had some difficulties with frost recently, losing 25% of the crop in 2017, which came on top of a 30% loss in the 2016 vintage. The only silver lining to this cloud is that things could have been a lot worse (and for some domaines it was), and Alexandre still managed to produce some charming wines. Just not in the volumes I expect he would have liked.

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