Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc “Les Côtes Aux Valets” 2015
Made with grapes exclusively from a plot in the village of Vinon. Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc “Les Côtes Aux Valets” is a crisp white with a supple flavour attack and nice mineral texture.
Lemon yellow colour. The bouquet opens with fine and discreet notes of dried fruits, almonds and pistachios. This soon evolves to deliver scents of lemon citrus, orange zest and mirabelle plum. The medium-bodied palate has a stunning roundness and beautiful freshness. A supple attack of zesty citrus and crisp mirabelle plum flavours with a nice mineral texture throughout. Closes with a gorgeous saline finish.
100% Sauvignon Blanc. Made with grapes exclusively from a plot in the village of Vinon. Vinon is south of Sancerre and vines were first planted in the plot’s chalky-clay soils in 1986.
After hand-picking the grapes at perfect maturity, they go through a slow pressing at low pressure. Next is clarification of the must in stainless steel tanks by cold settling on lees at 8°C. For those 4 days, the lees are resuspended into the must on a daily basis to attain perfect texture and reveal its full aromatic potential. Following this, alcoholic fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks for 30 days, starting at 15°C and gradually reaching 19°C. The first racking is done between 5–15 days after the end of alcoholic fermentation. The wine first mature on fine lees in stainless steel tanks with regular batonnages. Then it ages in the same tanks for 9 months. Bottling without fining or filtration.
Ageing potential: drink now or within 7–9 years from vintage.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Vines in the village of Vinon have produce this balanced, crisp wine, one of the single-vineyard releases from this producer. With its mineral edge, spice and intense acidity, it is tight and racy. It’s a rich wine, but with a zesty character. Drink now.