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Sancerre Blanc Le Chêne Marchand

Sancerre Blanc Le Chêne Marchand

Le Chêne Marchand is a very well known named place in the commune of Bué.

Terroir
A blend of several plots within the same named place
Upper Oxfordian limestone locally known as “caillottes”
Shallow, well-drained soil
The vines are planted at mid-slope at an altitude of 240 to 260 metres

Growing methods
Hoeing
Poussard Guyot pruning
De-budding
Integrated crop protection
Organic fertilizers have been used since 1989
The grapes are handpicked

The vines
Planted to Sauvignon Blanc grapes
Planting density: 6,800 to 8,800 vines/hectare depending on the age of the plots

Vinification
The entire bunches of grapes are fed into pneumatic presses via a conveyor belt
Cold settling
Fermentation of the musts in temperature-controlled vats for approximately 30 days and 10% in oak barrels of 600 liters
Matured on the lees for 10 months
Racked in July
Bottled in September 2018

Tasting notes – 2017 vintage
Visual: pale yellow
Nose: aromas of white fruit, peach then pear and pebble (terroir)
Palate: beautiful tension and expression of the calcareous terroir, mineral with aromas of white fruit. Nice balance between tension and roundness
Serving temperature: 10 to 12°C
Ageing potential: 8 to 10 years

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