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Sancerre

Daniel Chotard, Sancerre 2014

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The Chotard family has been making wine for well over two hundred years, though Daniel was initially reluctant to accept the family vocation and started as a teacher. Daniel is a bit of a Renaissance man. His enthusiasm and passion for learning extends beyond wine and into music; he is a gifted guitarist and accordion player. Sauvignon Blanc is more than a grape variety; it is a tempo as well.

The terroir of Sancerre is widely regarded as producing one of the greatest expressions of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The hilltop town of Sancerre is surrounded by a commune of villages that collectively make up its eponymous appellation, and each village is blessed with varieties of a distinct limestone that imbues a lengthy mineral component to its wines. Daniel and his son Simon farm the slopes of the village Crezancy-en-Sancerre, where flint meets clay and the famous Kimmeridgian limestone. He practices sustainable farming, and uses organic composts to treat the vines. Typically, he harvests his grapes later than his neighbours which results in less of the acidity that is so typical of the appellation. Aging the wine on its lees further rounds the mid-palate.

Vineyards and production:
25 year old vines, planted on clay, Limestone and Kimmeridgian marl. Grapes are immediately destemmed and pressed after the harvest. Must undergoes cold-soak for 36 hours. Vinification in temperature-controlled stainless steel cuve, on the lees until bottling. Wine does not go through malolactic fermentation.
The Chotard family has been making wine for well over two hundred years, though Daniel was initially reluctant to accept the family vocation and started as a teacher. Daniel is a bit of a Renaissance man. His enthusiasm and passion for learning extends beyond wine and into music; he is a gifted guitarist and accordion player. Sauvignon Blanc is more than a grape variety; it is a tempo as well.

The terroir of Sancerre is widely regarded as producing one of the greatest expressions of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The hilltop town of Sancerre is surrounded by a commune of villages that collectively make up its eponymous appellation, and each village is blessed with varieties of a distinct limestone that imbues a lengthy mineral component to its wines. Daniel and his son Simon farm the slopes of the village Crezancy-en-Sancerre, where flint meets clay and the famous Kimmeridgian limestone. He practices sustainable farming, and uses organic composts to treat the vines. Typically, he harvests his grapes later than his neighbours which results in less of the acidity that is so typical of the appellation. Aging the wine on its lees further rounds the mid-palate.

Vineyards and production:
25 year old vines, planted on clay, Limestone and Kimmeridgian marl. Grapes are immediately destemmed and pressed after the harvest. Must undergoes cold-soak for 36 hours. Vinification in temperature-controlled stainless steel cuve, on the lees until bottling. Wine does not go through malolactic fermentation.
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Country

FR

Region

Loire

Style

White

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