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Domaine Pascal Jolivet - Sancerre 2017

Overview

Terroir: Situated 125 miles south of Paris, the Sancerre landscape undulates at an altitude between 650 and 1,300 feet. The Loire River on the Eastern side of the hilly environment creates a relatively temperate microclimate for the wines. Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc is sourced from three vineyards in the heart of the appellation. The "Les Caillottes" vineyard and it's chalky soils makes up 50% of the blend, followed by the hillside vineyard of "Les Terres Blanches" at 30% and the limestone and flint riddled vineyard of "Silex" making up the remaining 20%.

Vinification: Pascal Jolivet practices a minimalist winemaking style, allowing nature to take it's course. Each of his white wines is produced using exclusively native yeasts, and entirely in temperature stainless steel. All parcels are vinified separately until final blending and bottling.

Additional Details edit

Pale and vibrant in color. The Pascal Jolivet Sancerre is fresh, clean and screaming with racy acidity. On the palate it is fresh and tightly wound; acidity is tempered by very subtle residual sugar; very clean; alive, racy, youthful. Overall, a dry and elegant wine.

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Sancerre
  • Sustainability: Organic Practices
  • Primary Soil: Chalk, Limestone, Flint, Silex
  • Alcohol: <14%
  • Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Recent News edit

The Wine Advocate Rating: 88

Author: Stephan Reinhardt

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

"Jolivet's golden-yellow colored 2017 Sancerre offers a stunningly deep, dense and tight bouquet of crushed stones, herbs and concentrated fruit aromas intermixed with refreshing and brightening floral and mineral notes. On the palate, this is an intensely fruity, mouth-filling and densely textured Sancerre with smooth acidity but lingering mineral grip on the quite powerful finish with candied citrus fruit aromas. Pretty matured already, the wine should be consumed in the next 4-6 years. Tasted in January 2021."

Massachusetts-Telegram

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Off the Vine: ’Tis the season(s) for sauvignon blanc - "The 2017 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre from France is a terrific wine that boasts racy acidity and sharp, clean tropical fruit flavors. Pairs well with shellfish and assorted cheese."

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 88

Author: Roger Voss

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

"This well-balanced wine has both structure and freshness. It has a crisp edge to the ripe white fruits and zesty aftertaste. This wine is ready to drink now."

Wine Spectator Rating: 91

Author: James Molesworth

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

"Very fresh, with a racy set of lemon peel, white peach and gooseberry flavors streaming through, flanked by light honeysuckle and chamomile notes. Ends with a precise finish. Drink now through 2020."

JamesSuckling.com Rating: 91

Author: James Suckling

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018

"This is a textbook Sancerre with sliced apples, lemons, stones and flowers. Very bright and vivid. Full-bodied, layered and a very tangy with bright acidity. A long finish. Drink now."