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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
Single Guyot pruning
Disbudding
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
First racking in July
Bottled in September 2017

Tasting notes – 2016 vintage
Visual: pale yellow
Nose: aromas of white fruit, peach then pear and pebble (terroir)
Palate: straighter than the 2015 vintage, very precise. Long lingering, no exuberance of Sauvignon. Long mineral finish, typical for this terroir. Reminder of aromas of white fruit and a hint of pepper
Serving temperature: 10 to 12°C
Ageing potential: 8 to 10 years

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