Sancerre Les Caillottes 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. The Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Les Caillottes comes from an old vine 8.65 acre parcel at the top of the village of Bué-en-Sancerre. Soils are rich in limestone and exposure varies from south to southeast. Drainage is ideal leading to low yields.

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

Vivid, fresh, and very mineral. A dry wine with balance and elegance on the palate. There’s fresh, clean floral aromas and snappy, lip quenching acidity on the palate. This is a quite pleasant wine.

Technical Details

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

Recent Press

  • Score: 91 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Stephan Reinhardt
    Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
    "Harvest for the 2017 Sancerre Les Caillottes started as early as September 11. Never has there been an earlier harvest in Sancerre. The wine exhibits an intense yellow-golden color followed by a rich and concentrated yet fresh bouquet of super ripe fruits yet still also lemon and some flinty notes, all intertwined whit yeasty scents from the sur-lie aging. It is full-bodied, mouthfilling and fresh on the palate, even though the acidity naturally smoother than what used to be the norm before 2017/2018. The wine is wide and elegant yet not spectacularly long. It is a pleasant wine with nice grip and some gooseberry and lemon notes on the finish. It drinks perfectly today and will continue to do so over the next 4-5 years. Tasted in January 2020."
  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Monday, December 10, 2018
    "A warm wine rich in white fruits and with open acidity, this instantly attractive wine will also age. Like all wines from this producer, it is made with natural yeasts, while the old vines add natural concentration. Drink from 2019."
  • Thrillist Author: Brooke Sager
    Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    The Best White Wines For Red Wine Drinkers -- “Les Caillottes is the name of the region’s Kimmeridgian limestone soil, which gives the wine its minerally profile. The final product is bright, fresh, and elegant."

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
    Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
    "A tangy, bracing style, with lots of chive and thyme flavors out front, backed by jicama, white peach and gooseberry notes. The pure finish ripples with a fleur de sel hint. Drink now through 2021."
  • Score: 91 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
    "Baked apples, lemons and a hint of pears on the nose. Medium to full body, a tight and solid palate and a flavorful finish. Drink now."

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