2018 Le Roi Des Pierres Sancerre
This Sancerre is an enchanting gold color with pale reflections. Mineral-driven aromas of flint and pebbles intertwine with floral notes (fleur de lys, peony) and vine peach skin. This ensemble is very airy and brings a beautiful elegance to the wine. On the palate it has a softness that balances with minerality, traces of the flint terroir and nuances of peach and orange quarter. The finish is intense, salivating and lingering.
Le Roi des Pierres’ grapes come from a prominent family in Chavignol near the Monts Damnés, the most iconic vineyard in Sancerre. There are three soil types found in Sancerre—terres blanches, which is clay, limestone and rich in shellfish fossils, caillottes, a pebbly limestone terroir, and finally silex. Each soil type plays a significant role in the character of a wine’s flavor. Le Roi des Pierre’s (“King of Stones”) Sancerre is crafted from silex, the rarest of the three, representing only 15% of the soil. Silex is composed of flint over a clay and limestone base and has proven to produce distinctive wines with an extraordinary ability to age. Vines range in age from 20 to 40 years and are trellised in a simple Guyot system with up to 40% situated on steep slopes.
2018 was a year of records! This solar vintage came together under extreme and exceptional climatic conditions: record spring rains and a scorching summer. Spring began with rain and cool temperatures. In April there was an exceptional early heat wave: the conditions were ideal to encourage the bud burst which took place on the 14th. May saw the return of colder temperatures. The painful memory of the frost of April 2016 and 2017 resurfaced and the men and women of Sancerre were ready to wage a new fight against the elements. Fortunately, no frost came and instead the rains of May caused a spread of mildew, well supervised by the vine growers. The flowering took place in the first days of June and the advance built in April was confirmed: 2018 would be an early vintage. The weather then changed dramatically from mid-June with the summer being one of the warmest since 2003. There was a prolonged drought, the driest since 1945. The weather in September helped maintain the quality potential of the harvest, which began early on September 5th for Pinots and on the 10th for Sauvignons. Another record: the harvest took place during an unusually sunny September, not seen since 2003. Conditions were accompanied by high temperatures regularly exceeding 84°F, forcing harvest to take place very early in the morning.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
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