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Sancerre Blanc Cuvée Prestige

Sancerre Blanc Cuvée Prestige

This cuvée is the result of blending wines from our oldest vines in the finest vintages.

Terroir
Limestone, locally known as “griottes” dating back to the Oxfordian stage, very calcareous
Steep slopes, shallow soil, easy to work and well-drained

Exposure
Planted at the bottom of the slope (230 m in altitude) facing due south

Growing methods 
The soil is hoed around the base of the vines
Crop cover is grown between the rows
Short, single Guyot pruning and disbudding

The vines
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Age of the vines: 60 years
Average planting density: 7,000 vines/hectare

Vinification
The grapes are handpicked
The entire bunches of grapes are fed into pneumatic presses via a conveyor belt so as not to bruise the skins
Cold settling – the musts are allowed to ferment in temperature-controlled vats (70%) and in new casks (30%)
Fermentation lasts approximately 30 days
Late racking in August 2017
Bottled after 12 months ageing  

Tasting notes – 2016 vintage
Visual: pale yellow, golden hints
Nose: powerful aromas, very ripe fruit, peach and pear
Palate: fat and well-bodied, but delicat, well-balanced, notes of pepper on the finish
A gastronomic wine 
Serving temperature: 9 to 10°C
An ideal match for fish such as turbot, John Dory and red mullet or crustaceans such as lobster and scampi
Ageing  potential : 8 to 10 years

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