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Domaine Pascal Jolivet - Sancerre Blanc Sauvage 2016


"Sauvage claims a large personality. It expresses the terroir and the typicality of the sauvignon variety in Sancerre; all the finesse and elegance of a great wine." -Pascal Jolivet

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. Sauvage Sancerre Blanc is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, whose selected parcels in Champtin are planted in limestone soils.

Vinification: 100% organically cultured, the Sauvage Sancerre Blanc grapes are fermented naturally, without the addition of yeasts. After 12 months of maturing on the lees, the wine is bottled without filtration or cooling.

Additional Details edit

As a vibrant aperitif or to accompany chilled shellfish like lobster or crayfish, grilled fresh-water fish such as pike or trout, swordfish, sea bass or salmon, or white meat and poultry, Sauvage Sancerre Blanc is an ideal choice.

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

Recent News edit

The Wine Advocate

Author: Stephan Reinhardt

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

"The 2016 Sancerre Sauvage is deep, rich and intense but also pure, fresh and herbal (coriander) on the rather coolish and precise nose. Quite phenolic (if not a bit astringent) on the palate, this is a concentrated and full-bodied wine with lime zest notes on the dense and substantial finish. This is another 2016 that still seems to be closed but will surely improve with aeration or bottle age. Concentration, juice, structure, salt and length, it's all there, but the phenols still don't let the wine flow. Tasted in January 2021."

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 93

Author: Roger Voss

Date: Monday, December 10, 2018

"This wine has great richness. It is produced using natural yeasts from selected parcels. Ripe and full of concentrated white fruits and tense acidity, it needs aging to soften the intensity. Drink from 2020." Rating: 93

Author: James Suckling

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018

"Aromas of dried flowers, hints of yeast, crushed grapes and peaches with some orange blossoms. Full body, tangy acidity and a long, flavorful finish. Drink now."