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 Clos du Roy is from a tiny 3.7 acre parcel in one of the most ideally situated areas in the appellation of Sancerre. The vines sit with a southern exposure enjoying full sun for the entire growing season. Soils are limestone.
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.
"Selected from a parcel of 3.71 acres in one of the most ideally situated areas within the Sancerre appellation in the village of Crezancy, this wine offers exceptional fruitiness with unique character, the evolution is slow." -Pascal Jolivet
The 2014 Sancerre Clos du Roy comes from the village of Crzancy-en-Sancerre where Pascal Jolivet owns 0.8-hectare in the corresponding 18 hectare clos. Fermented and aged for four months in stainless steel, this citrus-colored Sancerre is fully ripe and dense on the clear and floral flavored nose. Full-bodied, dense and powerful, this is a pretty rich but also refined Sancerre with a lot of power, vitality and structure. The aftertaste is very aromatic and displays confit flavors of grapefruits and lemons. I would store the 2014 for another year or two, because it is still very compact and needs some aeration to unfold its real nature.
Score: 93 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
"This shows a very direct and beautiful wine with sliced apple, pear and mineral character. Steely and long. A beauty. Made from a small parcel of two hectares of vineyards. Drink now."
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