Sancerre Le Chêne Marchand 2016

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 Le Chene Marchand comes from a 2.52 acre parcel planted on one of the most beautiful sites in the appellation of Sancerre, with due south exposure in the village of Bué.

Vinification: The grapes are picked and hand selected, then the juice fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel tanks.

Additional Information

A wine with a ton of complexity and power behind it, but also incredibly smooth. Minerality, freshness and salinity are well extracted from the terroir of limestone. It develops even further elegant with time.

Technical Details

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

Recent Press

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine & Spirits Author: Josh Raynolds
    Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
    Jolivet selects this from a 4.5-acre parcel within this vineyard in Bue, fermenting the fruit in stainless steel without added yeasts. It's a ripe 2016 with notes of white cherries and white peaches, that fragrant fruit hinting at a red blush. Rich and soft, there's a touch of lime and pithy acidity to wrap it. For roast shellfish enriched with cream.
    Grade: Year's Best
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
    This wine comes from one of the top vineyards in Sancerre, overlooking the village of Bu. It has both richness and a tight, herbal character that gives a mineral texture. Fermented using wild yeasts, the wine is elegant, ripe and generous. Drink from 2019.
    Grade: Cellar Selection
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
    Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
    An invigoratingly fresh, chiseled style, offering piercing lime and flint notes laced with a whiff of smoke. The steely finish has lovely cut. Long and mouthwatering, with the textbook profile of the vintage. Best from 2019 through 2021.

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