Sancerre Clos du Roy 2017

Domaine 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. Pascal Jolivet’s Sancerre Clos du Roy is from a tiny 3.7 acre parcel in one of the most ideally situated areas in the appellation of Sancerre. The vines sit with a southern exposure enjoying full sun for the entire growing season. Soils are limestone.

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 Information

Its clay-limestone terroir provides amazing richness and complex minerality. This wine offers exceptional fruitiness with unique character.

Technical Details

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

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Stephan Reinhardt
    Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
    "The shining lemon colored 2017 Sancerre Clos du Roy is a classic Sancerre (or picture-book Sauvignon Blanc, if you hunt for varieties rather than great terroirs) with a very clear, bright, pure and refreshing bouquet of white fruits, blackcurrant, white blooms and passion fruit. Round and juicy on the palate, this is a very elegant, linear and pleasant Sancerre with a pretty intense and nicely concentrated texture and nice phenolic grip. The Clos du Roy, from the village of Crezancy at the western edge of the appellation, is by far not the most complex wine of the domaine but the one that satisfies all of your guests (except for wine nerds perhaps). The wine is in perfect condition now. Tasted in January 2021."
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
    "From a southern-exposure, 3.7-acre vineyard, this presents a rich style of Sauvignon Blanc. It has all the minerality the chalk soil can give, at the same time offering ripe citrus and zesty acidity. Drink this wine from 2019."
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
    Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
    "Very steely and pure, featuring enticing chive, savory and flint flavors holding sway over a core of gooseberry fruit. A flinty note reasserts itself through the finish, with a hint of jicama checking in. Drink now through 2021."
  • Score: 93 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
    "Unique aromas of sliced apples, pears, kiwi and slate following through to a full body with lots of fruit and flavor. Drink now."

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