Sancerre Blanc "Le Grand Roc"

2016

This cuvée comes from 62-year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines with a south-southwest exposure, on a soil composed of silica and clay soil.  Part of the wine is vinified in cement and “inox” tanks, and another part in new oak barrels; the wine is aged for 10 months on the fine lees, with bâtonnage.

92 points
"The fruit of 62-year-old sauvignon vines planted in silica and clay, this wine ferments in a combination of cement and stainless-steel vats as well as new oak barrels. The oak influence is integrated, adding to the wine’s breadth of flavor and roundness. The fruit itself is floral pear and green pear skin,those tighter elements enriched by toasty lees. Complex and lasting, this should age with grace. "
Joshua Greene,
Wine & Spirits
, April 2020
91 points
"“The 2016 Sancerre “le Grand Roc” from Gérard Fiou shows off the flinty soils here in the far eastern end of the Sancerre appellation. The vines for his le Grand Roc bottling are sixty-two years old, and he raises this bottling in a combination of stainless steel, cement and older casks. The 2016 vintage is the current release and it is lovely, wafting from the glass in a complex and nicely mature blend of gooseberry, green apple, complex, flinty minerality, damp grass and lemon peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with an excellent core, a fine girdle of acidity and a long, soil-driven and very well balanced finish. This was probably pretty tightly-knit in its immediate youth, but at age four, it has blossomed beautifully and is drinking quite gracefully. 2020-2025.”"
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, July 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB7311-16
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Sauvignon Blanc
Farming Type: 
Sustainable