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Producer: Domaine Serge LaloueGrape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: A fresh and lively dry Sauvignon BlancAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
A fresh yet richly flavoured Sancerre, offering caramelised grapefruit, white pear, fennel and delicate elderflower nuances.
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 2019/2020 was the warmest since the turn of this century, bringing with it an abundance of rain. This sparked the vine’s growth cycle and flowering took place two weeks earlier than average. 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
The estate covers 20 hectares in the heart of Sancerre, mostly surrounding the village of Thauvenay. The grapes come from 11-hectares of vines, which are planted with a south-easterly exposure and have an average age of 30 to 35 years. There are three main soil types in this vineyard: calcareous clay, which are cool soils with high limestone content, imparting finesse and elegance; siliceous clay which includes a flinty component imparting mineral notes, and sandy clay, which brings complexity to the wine. 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 stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts and once fermentation was complete, the wine was matured on its lees imparting texture and subtle complexity. This cuvée was made without the influence of oak, to showcase the purity of fruit and express the Sancerre terroir.
A fresh and lively Sancerre, offering pure aromas of citrus fruit and white pear with delicate elderflower nuances. Crisp and elegant, with beautiful mineral tension on the palate through to a zesty, mouth-watering finish.
Sauvignon Blanc 100%
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