Domaine Pascal Jolivet

The house of Pascal Jolivet was founded in 1987 and is one of the most dynamic domaines in France’s Loire Valley. Based in Sancerre, the domaine now owns over 120 acres of prime vineyards spread across the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.

The domaine supplements the estate holdings with additional fruit sourced from some of the prime terroirs of the region including “les Caillotes”, “le Chêne Marchand”, “les Terres Blanches”, “les Griottes”, and “le Clos du Roy”.

Sancerre wines originate from three soil types: clay, limestone and flint. Sancerre wines are more floral and elegant than wines of the same varietal type in other regions. Pouilly Fumé wines come from an area located on the right (north) bank of the Loire, which offers a large diversity of subsoils from the Ice Age. Pouilly Fumé wines possess characteristic flinty aromas (pierre à fusil), and are slightly rounder and creamier than Sancerre wines. The latter, grown on the left (south) bank of the Loire, exhibit more floral aromas and are bone dry.

Pascal Jolivet also produces a wine called Attitude, a Sauvignon Blanc produced on a single 57-acre estate located to the west of Sancerre in Touraine. This estate’s vines are planted in two distinct terroirs: Chémery, with limestone soils, and Anger sur Cher, with sandy soils. The Attitude wine range also includes a Pinot Noir and a Rosé; the latter is a blend of one-third Pinot Noir, one-third Gamay and one-third Cabernet. Overall, the Attitude trio is made with the same winemaking philosophy, care and focus, as are all Pascal Jolivet’s wines.

Pascal Jolivet is a firm believer in natural winemaking and practices environmentally friendly techniques in both the vineyard and the cellar. The philosophy of the estate is to let nature take its course as much as possible. The juices are fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel tanks with thermoregulation. Valentina Buoso is Pascal Jolivet’s new winemaker and she continues to fulfill Pascal Jolivet’s philosophy and practices.

About the 2015 vintage from winemaker Valentina Buoso

In 2015, the vine growing season has been marked by a quite important drought phenomenon and a blossoming heterogeneity.

A relatively homogenous and quite high summer temperatures all along vegetative cycle allowed a quite fast, even precocious ripening along with a very qualitative sanitary state of the berries. At the Domain Pascal Jolivet, harvest started around September 11 and lasted 15 days. Climate conditions were very favorable: low temperatures (8°C-9°C) in the morning allowed preserving the aromatic potential of the grapes.

A very good sanitary state of the berries enables to reduce sulphite added to the harvest. We could get a very pure must.

With a potential degree of 12.5 %, sugar levels are very satisfying in our plots. Acidities are relatively lower than during previous years but remain discreet. Balances: sugar-acidity, malic and tartaric acidity and gustative balance are satisfying.

White wines reveal very promising aromas. Aromatic richness and natural complexity are already exhaled (pear, peach, exotic fruits) along with, sometimes a delicate mineral touch. In mouth, gustative balance is marked by concentration and power. Ending with a lingering finish, 2015 white wines have already stamped the new vintage.

Healthy and fine skins enveloping pulp created the best conditions to enhance fine aromas. Red wines offer beautiful purple colors. Red fruits aromas still closed though are very elegant. Tannic structure remains supple and lets us presume a great red vintage.

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An introduction to Le Domaine Pascal Jolivet