France: Loire Valley

Central Vineyards of the Loire

The wines of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and their neighbours
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2011
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©Château de Tracy

Château de Tracy

Address: 58150 Tracy-sur-Loire
Tel: 03 86 26 15 12 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:19:14N (47.32043)    Longitude: 2:53:17E (2.88803) 

The little hamlet of Tracy right by the Loire is one of the most enchanting corners of the Central Vineyards. The château is set in parkland that slopes down towards the river. Built in the late 14th century and records show that vines have been cultivated here since that time. The d'Estutt d'Assay family has owned the property since 1586. The 28ha of Pouilly vines are now managed by Henri d'Estutt d'Assay. The soil in some of the vineyards is very flinty – in places there is virtually no sign of soil only stones. Château de Tracy is the main cuvée and needs a couple of years at least to show its best and take on some weight to balance its mineral notes. Haute Densité is the top cuvée and comes from a vineyard planted with 17,000 vines per hectare – the normal in the appellation is between 5,000 and 7,000 vines per hectare. Mademoiselle de T comes from young vines.


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