Pascal Jolivet was founded in 1987 and is one of the most dynamic domaines in France’s Loire Valley. Based in Sancerre, the domaine now owns 70 hectares of vineyards spread across the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. The domaine supplements the estate holdings with additional fruit sourced from long-term contract growers some of the prime sites of the region including ‘Les Caillottes’, ‘Le Chêne Marchand’ and ‘Le Clos du Roy’. Pascal shares his philosophy with winemaker, Valentina Buoso: to work in harmony with nature to produce wines with purity of fruit, a linear character and minerality, allowing a natural expression of the vineyard to give the wines a sense of place.
Sancerre is situated 200km south of Paris at an altitude of between 200-400m. Jolivet own 42 hectares of vineyard in Sancerre, close to the villages of Bué, Verdigny and Ste Gemme, 3.5 of which are planted with Pinot Noir. Located close to the Loire River and surrounded by forest creates a relatively mild micro climate for the vineyards. The soils are a mix of chalk and clay.The vines are trained using the vertical shoot positioning system.
Made with 100% Pinot Noir, this wine is a blend of pressed juice and “saignée” methods. The juice is then fermented in stainless steel using wild yeasts, at 16°C for 19 days. After fermentation, the wine spends a further two months maturing in stainless steel before bottling. All parcels are vinified separately and are blended just before bottling
Winter was cold and difficult which delayed flowering. Several steps were made to ensure the vineyards to ensure healthy, vibrant wines were produced. Harvest began in early October, with a strict selection of grapes in order to produce complex, pure wines with typical Sauvignon aromas of white peach, citrus fruit, dried pineapple and musk. While the 2013 vintage is fruit-focused with perfectly balanced acidity, giving immediate pleasure, it will also be a long-lived vintage.
Pale salmon pink in colour with a subtle nose of fresh berries. On the palate the wine is delicate and elegant with layers of herbals notes, berry fruits and strawberries with a clean, crisp finish.
The ideal aperitif, or as an accompaniment with tuna, salmon, pork dishes and poultry.
Serve at 10-12°C.
Sancerre AOC, Loire
100% Pinot Noir