Country: France Region: Loire Vintage: 2015
Category: White Wine Color: White
Producer: Domaine Nicolas Girard
"Nicolas Girard was introduced to us by his friend David Sautereau. In addition to making wine for his family's estate, Domaine des Brosses, Nicolas also owns 3.5 hectares, from which he makes his own wines in his small winery.
Nicolas' vines are situated on the hillsides of Veaugues on well-drained clay and limestone soils. His Sancerre is sourced from vines aged between five and 25 years old. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, without any use of oak, to retain its purity of fruit."
Winemaker: Nicolas Girard
As with Domaine des Brosses, Nicolas' small vineyard is situated on the slopes of Veaugues, in the Sancerre appellation. Here, the vines benefit from better drainage as well as greater exposure to the sun, which is important at such a northerly latitude. The vines are 5-25 years old. Soils are typically clay and chalk, giving the structured, firm mineral style expected of Sancerre.
Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, without the use of oak. Nicolas sealed his wine with screwcap to maximise freshness and preserve the wine's perfumes.
Pale lemon in colour with subtle green tints. On the nose, it is fresh and aromatic. On the palate, the wine has an attractive mineral quality, with a full body and refreshing acidity. The wine has the classic purity of citrus fruit, hay and nettles that is found in top quality Sancerre.
Food Suggestion: A classic companion to shellfish or goats cheese.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:13%