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Sancerre 2010

France » Loire Valley » Pascal Jolivet » Sancerre 2010

Summary

Terroir: 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.

Vintage Notes

Pale and vibrant in color. The 2010 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.

Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc: 100%

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image Wine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
    Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014

    "A tight green wine for pasta with spring peas and butter, this is firm and lively, with enough brash, mouth-watering acidity to clean up after the richness of the dish."

  • Wine Image Palm Beach Illustrated Author: Marck Spivak
    Date: Sunday, April 1, 2012

    "Jolivet is the gold standard in Sancerre and the benchmark for unoaked Sauvignon Blanc- from the Loire Valley or anywhere else. The product of natural winemaking, it is filled with brilliant acidity and luscious citrus flavors; it's a perfect match with creamy goat cheese, river or lake fish and all types of shellfish."

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
    Date: Monday, August 1, 2011

    "Pale orange-pink. Fresh red berries and orange pith on the mineral-accented nose. Dry, nervy and incisive on the palate, offering tangy strawberry and lemon flavors and a touch of bitter herbs. The strawberry note carries through on the focused, persistent finish."

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
    Date: Thursday, July 7, 2011

    "A bony and mouthwatering style, with lots of flint framing the lime, chive and fleur de sel notes. Shows great cut on the finish."

  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Image Snooth Editorials Author: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011

    "Quite a piercing nose with some floral top notes, followed by quartzy mineral elements, a touch of unripe peach and some lightly tropical citrus fruit elements. Wonderfully balanced in the mouth, this has solid acidity and a thin layer of baby fat from ripeness all covering just unripe stone fruit and stony flavors. The back end really gets in a mineral groove that drives the moderately long finish. Theres plenty of acid here but it remains well covered until the finale when it pops with some lemony, faintly woodsy fruit."

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