Winery notes: A combination of different chalky-clayey soils (2/3 Marly soils and 1/3 Pebbly limestone). The vines are planted on steep slopes, that's why in most cases, the work to be done in the vineyards is very difficult. After hand-picking and sorting the grapes in the vineyards, they are transferred to the cellar with great care in order to avoid bruising the skins. The pneumatic pressing and cold settling lasting from 12 to 24 hours take place before the natural fermentation in thermo-regulated tanks. This vinification method gives the wine its typicity and respects the terroir. Learn More
95 Points! From steeply sloping, well-exposed vineyards in the village of Chavignol, this wine is concentrated and still young. With its intense green and citrus fruits, strong herbal character and spice, it is rich and impressive. It is a wine for further aging, so don't drink before 2020. - Wine Enthusiast Learn More
Importer notes: Cyril produces a separate cuvee from the estate’s oldest and best-exposed vines closest to the chateau itself. As of 2016, the vines for the “Chateau du Nozay” are 45 years old, and while the wine possesses the same almost Chablis-like carriage as the “Domaine” bottling above, the intensity and depth are noticeably ratcheted up here. While it’s still lean and punchy, the vines’ diet of more sun and deeper subsoils reveals itself in a glimmer of glycerol succulence on the mid-palate and a rounder, longer finish. A certain density that still avoids any sense of heaviness suggests the possibility of interesting cellar development, and for those inclined to allow the Sauvignon’s youthful exuberance to subside and let the limestone shine through, this will prove a very rewarding purchase. Learn More
Importer notes: Nicolas Chevreau has created a cuvée, Terres Blanches, from two parcels—Epsailles and Cote de Reigny (sometimes shown as Derriere Reigny on maps), both very steep slopes. The soil in each is Terres Blanches or marneaux lime/clay. Part of the parcel in Reigny is very old vines (over 60 years). There is no fining and only one light filtration over white clay.
The 2018 is a brilliant combination of ripe, fresh flavors with perfect balancing acidity, salinity and a long finish. Learn More
93 Points! Very pure, with a racy feel to the lemon pith, white peach, thyme, and gooseberry notes, backed by a brisk flinty edge on the finish. A light kiss of shortbread hangs in the background and should emerge a bit more with modest cellaring. - Wine Spectator