Sancerre, Domaine des Brosses, Loire, France, 2018

£30

Domaine des Brosses was established in 1875 and lies 10 kilometres south of the town of Sancerre. The Girard family modernised the winery and vineyards when they bought the estate in 1973. Nicolas Girard has now taken over his father's 11 hectare estate and together with his brother Anthony, is making wines that are fresh, modern and aromatic. Both the brothers have travelled extensively throughout the wine world and have used the knowledge and experience acquired to underpin the style of their classic Sancerre. Fermentation took place at 16°C in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks to avoid oxidation. No oak was used, but the wine remained on its fine lees for four months to add weight to the palate and round the finish.2018 was a vintage shaped by extraordinary extremes of weather ranging from record levels of spring rainfall to summer heatwaves. The rain throughout winter and spring paired with a hot April encouraged early bud-break and flowering. A very hot summer soon followed, which was the hottest since the heatwave of 2003. The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness towards the end of August. The Girard family have six different parcels of Sancerre vineyards. Their hillside vineyards are located on classic clay and chalk soils, giving the grippy, mineral style expected of true Sancerre. Domaine des Brosses has used a machine harvester to collect the grapes since 1989. This is so that the Sauvignon Blanc is brought to the winery in the coolness of night-time, thus retaining the classic citrus and gooseberry aromas and flavours of Sancerre.

Food pairing: These refreshing wines can be enjoyed on their own, but they also pair amazingly well with goat cheese, seafood, vegetables, pork, and chicken.

Pale golden in colour, this wine has ripe citrus aromas paired with herbaceous notes. Its structured yet balanced palate reveals the consecrated minerality and freshness of an excellent Sancerre. Sauvignon 100%

Feature(s): Vegan, Vegetarian, Practising Organic
Winemaker: Nicolas Girard
Alcohol (ABV): 13 %
Acidity: 6.60 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.2 g/l
pH: 3.29

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