I love this wine. It’s from a relatively cool vintage, and it has a brilliant tension to it. Starting off with a small negociant business in the 1980s, Pascal Jolivet began buying vineyards in the early 1990s. Now he has 65 hectares (42 ha in Sancerre, 8 ha in Pouilly Fume and 15 ha in Touraine). This wine blends terroirs: 50% limeston, 30% chalky clay and 20% flint. It’s made with indigenous yeasts.
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2013 Loire, France
12.5% alcohol. Complex aromatic nose with herbs, melon, citrus and a touch of green pepper, as well as some warm waxy notes. The palate is textured and has a savoury edge, with notes of herbs, wax, lemons and some citrus pith. It’s quite tight with lovely focus and purity. A multidimensional, youthful Sauvignon that should age. 92/100
UK agent: MMD
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