Sancerre Le Grand Chemarin 2014

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. Le Grand Chemarin is a south facing hillside vineyard situated over the village of Bué. Jolivet owns 3 of the 74 acres representing Le Grand Chemarin. This wine is sourced from a small 1.2 acre parcel of the oldest vines within the domaine's holding. Limestone dominates the soils here.

Vinification: Grapes are hand-picked and fermented with wild yeasts in large temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.

Additional Information

A wine of great balance, combining fruit flavors and ripe fruits such as grapefruit and melon with notes of almond and honey which gives it a roundness and a beautiful finish.

Technical Details

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

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Stephan Reinhardt
    Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    The straw-yellow 2014 Sancerre Le Grand Chemarin (from a calcareous 1.4-hectare plot in Bu) offers a clear, fresh and deeply mineral nose with rich fruit aromas being intertwined with flavors of crushed rocks. Full-bodied, clear and racy, with elderflower, gooseberry, grapefruit and salty flavors, this is a pure, highly elegant and vital Sancerre with great finesse and mineral persistence. The finish is grippy and salty, very stimulating and indicates an excellent aging potential. Le Grand Chemarin was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks for 12 months.

  • Wine Image JancisRobinson.com Author: Jancis Robinson
    Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    From a 1.4 ha parcel in a 32-ha, particularly well-exposed south-facing limestone vineyard in Bue. This plot, bought in 1993, was Jolivet's very first land acquisition of the domaine. Matured on fine lees for 12 months in stainless steel.Less exuberant on the nose than La Cte bottling. A little reticent and introvert. Massive acidity and intensely concentrated on the palate. Very tense and lively. Not yet ready but should last very well. Medium-bodied and with still a little astringency on the finish.

    Grade: 16+/20pts
  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
    Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Vivacious, with mouthwatering thyme and tarragon notes weaving through the core of lemon curd and gooseberry coulis flavors. A twinge of fleur de sel makes the finish vibrate nicely. Drink now through 2017.

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
    Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Vivacious, with mouthwatering thyme and tarragon notes weaving through the core of lemon curd and gooseberry coulis flavors. A twinge of fleur de sel makes the finish vibrate nicely. Drink now through 2017.

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Image JamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
    Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Riper that Jolivets other bottlings, the Le Grand Chemarin also exhibits the same intense saline bouquet as well as vibrant minerality present in its counterparts. The nose also brings aromas reminiscent of lemon curd with some grapefruit and oyster shell. Delicious and succulent wine.

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