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Producer: Domaine Serge LaloueGrape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: A textural and elegant dry white wineAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
A classic and complex Sancerre with concentrated notes of citrus fruit, Mirabelle plum and peach underpinned by lovely weight and vibrant mineral freshness.
The domain is located five kilometres south of Sancerre in Thauvenay and was established by Serge Laloue in the 1960s. Christine and her brother Franck have continued their father’s work since the 1990s and Clément, Franck's son, recently joined the domain following his viticulture studies. The estate revolves around an environmentally responsible approach with meticulous work in the vineyards to respect the natural balance of the vines and obtain the highest quality grapes. In 2019, the domain started the conversion to organic farming, a natural progression as their farming methods were already very close to organic. The first certified organic vintage will be 2023. The domain is HVE certified, a complementary certification recognising environmental biodiversity and natural resource management.
The winter of 2019 was mild with average rainfall. This sparked the vine’s growth cycle and bud break took place early. The summer was warm and dry, with several heat-waves, which allowed the vines to flourish, the grapes to mature and concentrated the flavours in the berries. The natural water reserves prevented any hydric stress. Harvest took place in the first week of September, resulting in elegant wines with excellent fruit concentration, balanced by natural acidity.
The grapes are grown in 0.55 hectares of vineyard within the estate, from vines with an average age of 30 to 35 years. The vines face a south-easterly orientation, maximising exposure to the sun to assist ripening of the berries. The soils are predominantly calcareous clay, which typically has a high limestone content, producing elegant and textured wines with distinctive minerality. The vineyard is currently in conversion to organic status, a natural progression for the Laloue family as the farming methods used over many years have followed these principles. Vineyard management techniques include ploughing the soil instead of using herbicides, growing cover crops between the rows of vines and sexual confusion of predators, to maintain the health of the vines and the biodiversity of the environment.
The grapes were carefully selected and gently pressed before the must was vinified in temperature controlled concrete eggs. The egg shape helps to keep the liquid constantly in motion, so the temperature is more consistent and the lees remain in suspension. The resulting wine achieves a greater character and volume on the palate. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts and once fermentation was complete, the wine was matured on its lees in concrete eggs for 10 months.
An elegant and complex expression of Sancerre, with concentrated Mirabelle plum and peach underpinned by delicate hints of liquorice, anise and mineral notes. Lovely rounded texture on the palate is beautifully framed by mineral freshness.
Sauvignon Blanc 100%
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