"Sauvage claims a large personality. It expresses the terroir and the typicality of the sauvignon variety in Sancerre; all the finesse and elegance of a great wine." -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. Sauvage Sancerre Blanc is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, whose selected parcels in Champtin are planted in limestone soils.
Vinification: 100% organically cultured, the Sauvage Sancerre Blanc grapes are fermented naturally, without the addition of yeasts. After 12 months of maturing on the lees, the wine is bottled without filtration or cooling.
The 2014 vintage is a true expression of great terroir of the parcels that make up this great wine. The wine is elegant, and subtle on the nose, medium bodied and fairly rich on the palate with many layers of mouth watering fruit leading to a racy finish, all while retaining elegance and finesse.
Score: 94 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Stephan Reinhardt
From the "best vineyard plots" on the chalky soils of the villages of Champtin and Bu-en-Sancerre, the 2014 Sancerre Sauvage opens clear, precise and fresh, as well as dense and complex on the nose. The fruit has certainly another character on the nose than all of the other Pascal Jolivet wines that I have tasted for this report. It's much more subtle but also intense and individual, and it is perfectly intertwined with the mineral flavors that shine in this bouquet. On the palate the mineral flavors dominate everything and give vitality, grip and tension to this expressive and naked wine, which is a big step above the others in term of character, expression and drinking pleasure. The fruit is clear, pure and fresh, rather white than yellow, and there are no signs of charming creaminess, roundness or impressive power. This is pure and expressive Sancerre of great character and quality. It has been fermented and aged for 12 months in stainless steel and bottled without filtration.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
"Lively, with lots of thyme, chive and gooseberry flavors bouncing through, picking up a flint edge on the finish. Very solid. Drink now through 2017."
Score: 93 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
"Deep nose showing citrus zest with pine and slate notes. Medium to full body and dense texture on the palate leading to a long and zesty finish. Vibrant. Drink now."
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