Martin, Yves

  • Sancerre, Loire, France
Domaine Yves Martin

Domaine Yves Martin is a small, family-run estate with nineteen hectares of vines in the famed town of Chavignol. The winemaker, Pierre Martin, took over from his father Yves in 2005.

The domaine is in conversion to organic viticulture; they never use herbicides or pesticides. The subsoil here is Kimmeridgian marl and the top soil is very stoney. They grow vines in each of the two famous terroirs of Chavignol: “caillottés,” which is stony and chalky; and “terres blanches,” which is composed of clay and limestone.

The winery is located in the center of Chavignol and is gravity fed. All fermentation happens spontaneously in thermo-regulated tanks. Most of the wines are aged in stainless steel (although a couple of the cuvées are aged partially in barrels) and all are aged on the fine lees, lending a nice richness to the wines. The result is mineral-laden, refreshing Sancerre with citrusy lime notes and a lingering finish.

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DB6952-19
Sustainable
92+VFTC
Martin, Yves Sancerre Chavignol
2019
Sauvignon Blanc
Natural fermentations with spontaneous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Aged on the fine lees.
France

DB6952-20
Sustainable
92+VFTC
Martin, Yves Sancerre Chavignol
2020
Sauvignon Blanc
Natural fermentations with spontaneous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Aged on the fine lees.
France

DB1368-18
Sustainable
92 VFTC
Martin, Yves Sancerre Chavignol "Clos de Beaujeu"
2018
Sauvignon Blanc
From the famous Les Culs de Beaujeu vineyard in Chavignol. Ten year-old vines grow in Kimmeridgian marl soil. Natural fermentations on... Read More
France

DB1348-20
Sustainable
Martin, Yves Sancerre Chavignol Rosé
2020
Pinot Noir
About 85-90% press-wine, blended with a little bit of saignée. Yves Martin’s “nothing added; nothing taken away” fermentation yields a... Read More
France

DB3792-18
Sustainable
Martin, Yves Sancerre La Côte des Monts Damnés
2018
Sauvignon Blanc
From one of Sancerre's most famous single-vineyard sites. La Cote des Monts Damnes has very steep slopes with south, south-east exposure... Read More
France

DB3792-19
Sustainable
93 VFTC
Martin, Yves Sancerre La Côte des Monts Damnés
2019
Sauvignon Blanc
From one of Sancerre's most famous single-vineyard sites. La Cote des Monts Damnes has very steep slopes with south, south-east exposure... Read More
France

DB2780-17
Sustainable
92VFTC
Martin, Yves Sancerre Rouge
2017
Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir. It’s destemmed and fermented and aged in barrel.
France

DB2780-18
Sustainable
Martin, Yves Sancerre Rouge
2018
Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir. It’s destemmed and fermented and aged in barrel.
France