Domaine du Nozay 2019 Sancerre AOC
Item Number: 15528
Sub Region: Centre-Loire
Appellation/AVA: Sancerre AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Kimmeridgian
Winemaking Notes: The Sauvignon Blanc ferments spontaneously with native yeast in small stainless steel tanks, which are rounder and more egg-shaped than typical cylindrical vessels in order to promote constant motion of the fine lees. To understand the vineyards as intimately as possible, Cyril vinifies and ages each individual parcel separately (no matter how small) and blends only before the time of bottling—a painstaking regimen. The wine ages for 10-12 months before bottled without fining or filtering. Malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously in tank. Total sulfites equal 30-40 mg/L.
Tasting Notes: With a broad, flinty mineral core of palate-staining intensity, this complex Sancerre positively bristles with energy, a testament to its supremely healthy biodynamically wrought grapes of origin. The fruit here stops well short of overt Sauvignon Blanc gooseberry, offering notes of lime zest, musk melon, and salty peach on a bright but not squeaky-sterile frame. It’s refreshing to encounter a Sancerre that shows excellent typicity yet speaks more of the rocks beneath the soil than the fruit suspended above it.