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Domaine Pascal Jolivet - Sancerre Le Roc 2015

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. Locate high over the village of Saint-Satur, the vineyard of Le Roc encompasses approximately 22 acres, 5 of which are owned by Pascal Jolivet. Exposure here is south/southeast with soils here are composed primarily of flint. The domaine purchased this vineyard in 2011.

Vinification: The wine is vinified in small 7 hectoliter vertical ovoid tanks (concrete, egg shaped tanks), demi-muids (600l used oak barrels), and temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. and then held on its lees for 12 months.

Additional Details edit

Crisp citrus and gooseberry flavors intertwine in this spicy and fresh wine. Partial aging in stainless steel has given the wine a vanilla while also offering breadth to the palate. A remarkable, complex wine with strong minerality.

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

Recent News edit

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 95

Author: Roger Voss

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

"The flinty soil of this vineyard has given a wine that is intense, steely and mineral in texture. Crisp citrus and gooseberry flavors are enmeshed in this spicy and taut wine. Partial aging in big barrels has added a touch of vanilla while also offering breadth to the palate. Drink from 2019."

Wine Spectator Rating: 91

Author: James Molesworth

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"On the slightly plump side, with lemon curd and gooseberry gelée notes lined with light verbena and smoke accents. Zip shows up through the finish. Drink now through 2019."