Martin, Yves

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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DB6952-18
Sustainable
Sancerre Chavignol
2018
Sauvignon Blanc
Natural fermentations with spontaneous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Aged on the fine lees with bâtonnage.

DB1368-16
Sustainable
Sancerre Chavignol "Culs de Beaujeu"
2016
Sauvignon Blanc
From the famous Les Culs de Beaujeu vineyard in Chavignol, a site as highly regarded as Mont Damnés. The vines are an average of ten years... Read More

DB3792-17
Sustainable
Sancerre La Côte des Monts Damnés
2017
Sauvignon Blanc
From one of Sancerre's most famous sites. Fermented spontanoeusly with indigenous yeasts and aged on the fine lees in stainless steel. 

DB1348-18
Sustainable
Sancerre Chavignol Rosé
2018
Pinot Noir
About ninety percent of this wine is press-wine; the rest is saignée. Yves Martin's "nothing added; nothing taken away"... Read More

DB2780-17
Sustainable
Sancerre Rouge
2017
Pinot Noir