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 Exception is the Loire’s equivalent of a Grand Cru. The wine is sourced from three vineyards that share the terroir characteristics to produce Sauvignon Blanc of exceptional quality. Sources are Chêne Marchand in the village of Bué, Mont Damné in Chavignol and Clos Roy in Crézancy.
Vinification: Pascal Jolivet practices a minimalist winemaking style, allowing nature to take its 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.
Color: Pale straw gold
Nose: Focused and restrained yet intense with excellent reserve; very youthful and undeveloped; subtle flinty-stony notes with grapefruit and pear highlights.
Palate: Great intensity and definition; concentrated; medium to full weight; tightly wound at this stage with steely acidity and a lingering mineral tone.
A high class Sancerre. Ideally, allow to mature for 3-5 years or drink now with freshwater fish; shellfish, such as raw or poached oysters; Dover sole or turbot with butter and fresh herbs.
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