Domaine Nicolas Girard Sancerre 2018

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Tasting Notes

Pale lemon in colour, this top quality Sancerre is fresh and aromatic, with citrus fruit, hay and nettles on the nose. Its richly textured palate and full body are balanced by an attractive minerality and a refreshing acidity.

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Practising Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian

Vineyards

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.

Vinification

Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 16°C, without the use of oak. The wine was then aged for four months on its lees before bottling. Nicolas sealed his wine with screwcap to maximise freshness and preserve the wine’s delicate perfumes.

Producer

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 has two hectares of his own, from which he makes Sancerre in his small winery. His first vintage was in 2006 and he bottled the entire production under Stelvin for Liberty Wines.

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