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Producer: Domaine SauereauGrape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Refreshing dry white with pure fruit flavoursAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
A clear pale lemon colour. Floral aromas develop into fresh grass. On the palate, refreshing acidity is balanced with fruit flavours of green apple and white grapefruit.
Winter during 2015 was mild. Until the end of February, winter rainfall was higher than average, helping to build up a good reserve of water in the soils and subsoils ready for spring. The growth cycle kicked in slightly late, but mild temperatures from the 8th April onwards quickly made up for any delay. Flowering started in the first half of June. Conditions were good, with temperatures slightly higher than average and little rainfall. Harvest began mid-way through September.
In the village of Crézancy, seven kilometres west of Sancerre, the Sautereau family has been producing wine for nine generations. The winery is now being run by David Sautereau, who is producing modern, attractive wines that offer excellent value for money.
The Domaine's 15 hectares of vineyard are situated mainly in Crézancy, with a tiny proportion located in Bué and the village of Sancerre itself. The range of soils in this area (mainly chalk, with clay, flint and pebbles depending on which parcel of vines) allows David a good spread of different blending components for the wine, giving more complex and varied flavours.
The pressed grapes were fermented at between 20-21ºC followed by three months on lees. The wine remained in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for six months before bottling. The fairly cool fermentation ensured a particularly pure, fruity style while three months on the lees provided extra complexity and richness.
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