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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
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.
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.
Growers had to contend with a complex array of weather patterns throughout the spring, but warm weather over summer and good conditions towards the end of the ripening season provided a positive end to a difficult vintage. The resulting wines are flavoursome and fruitdriven, with excellent balance.
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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