Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Jacques Dumont Sauvignon Blanc is grown on the hills just southeast of Sancerre and thrives on the soils of clay-limestone and flint. In order to optimize the quality of each harvest, the vines are subject to constant observation: yields are limited to ensure high-quality fruit and the maturity of each plot is evaluated to identify the optimal time for harvest. After sorting the grapes, they are pressed slowly to extract only the best fruit. The wine is then fermented for two weeks at temperatures of 55˚ to 64˚ Fahrenheit, a technique that ensures the conservation of maximum fruit flavors. The wine is aged lees until February to develop complexity and body along with a long finish. A succession of tastings then follows to determine the ideal bottling time for Sancerre.
The 2017 vintage was marked by an early start, erratic flowering and warm, dry conditions that resulted in smaller crops and an earlier-than-usual harvest. A mild winter the ended with warm February and March temperatures set the stage. This was followed by May rains with quickly increasing temperatures; the season then ran ahead of schedule through harvest. While the unpredictable season produced quality grapes, yields were notably down. The harvest began in early September, ahead of the 2016 harvest. With the warm temperatures and dry conditions ripening the smaller berries at a fast pace, the key in 2017 was to wait for full maturity, rather than picking on the early-rising sugars. Despite the season, wines are balanced with correct acidities and a nice maturity.
Pale golden colour, perfect clarity.Open, fruity and concentrated nose (citrus and tropical fruits).Fine and expressive aromas in mouth. The balance of the taste appears when chilled.
Very pleasant as an aperitif, it is also the perfect companion for seafood and fish such as salmon from the Loire or a Carpaccio of blue fin tuna. It will marry nicely with Perigord or Berry salads, chavignolaise salmon canapés or lentil croquettes with saffron and spices.
GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
APPELLATION: Sancerre AOC
points of distinction
- The upper Loire Valley is known for two iconic wine growing sub-regions
- Sancerre is located to the west of Loire river