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Date Printed: 7/13/2014
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Les Caillottes 2009
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Les Caillottes 2009
(search item no. 107038)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is selected from a 8.65 acre parcel of 40 year old vines planted on south facing slopes at the top of the village of Bue-en-Sancerre in the area called "La Plante des Pres", one of the best "terroir" in Sancerre.

A dry wine with balance and elegance on the palate. There's fresh, clean floral aromas and snappy, lip quenching acidity on the palate. This is a quite pleasant wine to sip and it pairs very well with seafood, fresh-water fish, white meats and soft cheeses.

Pair with shellfish, oysters, fish, crab, Asian cuisine.

My Notes:

About Pascal Jolivet:

The house of Pascal Jolivet is one of the youngest and most dynamic in the Loire Valley. Founded in 1985, this specialist in the wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume has very quickly gained a leading position with the Michelin-starred restaurants of France. Pascal owns an estate of more than 40 acres evenly divided between two appellations.

He believes strongly in letting nature make the wine as much as possible, and seeks to tame the more aggressive qualities of the Sauvignon Blanc variety. His wines show the benefits of stainless steel vatting with naturally occurring yeasts. They are fermented cool rather than cold and are left of their lees for four to six months, gaining subtle but complex aromas as a result.

The Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume both originate from the Jolivet estate. The Sancerre is a composite of the three soil types in the district: calcareous clay, limestone, and flint. It is more flowery and subtle than many of its type. Pouilly-Fume, from the opposite bank of the Loire, comes from a large diversity of glacial soils and is normally more austere and minerally.