2011 Guy Saget Sancerre Domaine de la Perriere

Year: 2011
Appellation: Loire Valley
Country: France
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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Winery Notes:
Quality and respect of nature have always been the philosophy of Vignobles Guy Saget. Brought up in the vineyards, the Saget brothers; Jean-Louis and Christian, learned from a very young age to love and respect the soil. Vignobles Guy Saget sources two-thirds of the production in the Loire Valley from their estates with the remainder from long-term relationships with families of vine growers. The Domaine de la Perrière belonged to the Archambault family since 1910, but it was only in 1920, after he came back from the war, that Magloire Archambault began the planting of his vineyard with Sauvignon Blanc vines. In 1996, Pierre Archambault retired and entrusted his estate to the Saget Family. The underground cellars of Domaine de la Perrière, open to the public for the past 60 years, form an historic and impressive site. The Domaine de la Perrière vineyard covers 40 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 4 hectares of Pinot Noir in the AOC Sancerre spread out the districts of Bannay, Verdigny, Saint-Satur, Crézancy and Vinon. One of the unique features of this estate is it is the sole owner of a 10 hectares block planted on flint soils which produce fleshy wines that age well.

Grapes were hand and mechanically harvested earlier and faster than usually to preserve acidity, balance and freshness . After pressing the grapes, the must is clarified for 24 hours at around 10°C. Once decanted, the wine ferments in stainless steel vats at low tempera- tures, never over 18°C to preserve the aromas. We do not add any yeast in the must before the fermentation (Indigenous yeast). The wine is aged on fine lees. We preserve maximum natural Co2 before bottling to limit the addition of Sulfites and to keep freshness. The wine is usually bottled in March and aged at least 3 months in our cellars.

The Sancerre Blanc Domaine de la Perrière is a dry white wine with a pale bright straw color. The wine is rich and full in the mouth and shows white peaches, apricots and exotic fruits aromas. The finish brings all the purity and the minerality with good length.