Patrick Girault Le Vallon des Demoiselles Sancerre – sustainable
Domaine Girault is situated in Bué, a small village in the heart of Sancerre. The Domaine has been in the Girault family for eight generations and is currently run by Patrick Girault. This great lineage is set to continue with the ninth generation, as Patrick’s son Adrien is studying viticulture and spends his free time helping his father out in the vineyards and the winery.
The domain’s 12 hectares are planted on the famous slopes of Grand Chemarin, Petit Chemarin, and Chêne Marchand, stretching from Bué to the neighboring villages of Thauvenay and Vinon. Seventy five percent of the vineyards are planted with Sauvignon Blanc and the remaining 25% with Pinot Noir.
The average vine age of this bottling is between 35 and 40 years, grown on a mixture of clay, limestone, and silex. The grapes are gently pressed, transferred to stainless steel fermenters, and fermented with indigenous yeast for approximately 40 days. The wines are matured on fine lees during winter and then racked and bottled in April.
This Sancerre has a gold color, a very expressive citrus nose with lots of minerality, and tons of finesse and freshness. On the palate, restrained fruit, citrus, and a nice round mouthfeel. A great aperitif, and perfect with soup, poultry, fish, goat cheeses, and other lighter foods