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 Sancerre Blanc is sourced from three vineyards in the heart of the appellation. The "Les Caillottes" vineyard and it's chalky soils makes up 50% of the blend, followed by the hillside vineyard of "Les Terres Blanches" at 30% and the limestone and flint riddled vineyard of "Silex" making up the remaining 20%.
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.
Pale and vibrant in color. The 2015 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre is fresh, clean and screaming with racy acidity. On the palate it is fresh and tightly wound; acidity is tempered by very subtle residual sugar; very clean; alive, racy, youthful. Overall, a dry and elegant wine.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
Has a ripeness uncommon for the AOC, featuring creamy-edged melon and pear notes backed by more typical hints of gooseberry, verbena and wet straw. Shows lovely mouthfeel and length, with an echo of flint at the very end. Drink now through 2019.
Score: 91 PointsPlanetGrape.net Date: Sunday, January 1, 2017
Soft, fresh, silky and subtle with notes of lime zest, pink grapefruit, green bean, pasilla pepper, and chalk.
Score: 94 PointsDecanter Date: Monday, August 1, 2016
the palate starts with a gentle polish leading onto a very succulent, pure, vibrant character. Wonderfully poised with depth of stone fruit flavor. May develop further as it's still tight on the finish, but it is certainly ready to drink now.
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