10.04.2020

Domain life

Sauvignon Blanc, THE grape of Centre-Loire

While grown all over the world, Sauvignon Blanc is undoubtedly the king grape variety of the Centre-Loire wine region. There is no other place in the world where it expresses itself with so much nobility and subtle nuances, which is the fruit of the alchemy between a great grape variety and singular terroirs.

The Joseph Mellot House offers a true journey for the palate, discovering Sauvignon Blanc in its 6 appellations. In Sancerre, where it covers nearly 80% of the vineyard, it is the only white grape variety of the AOC, as for Menetou-Salon, Reuilly and Coteaux du Giennois. And it is the only grape variety of the Quincy and Pouilly-Fumé appellations.

Its beautiful conical clusters are composed of very tight grains that under their thick skin, have a crisp and firm flesh. Sauvignon Blanc  requires a lot of attention during its vegetative cycle to express all its organoleptic qualities. In addition, it is susceptible to diseases such as oidium and grey rot. Which is why our viticulture team watches over each plot throughout the year, so that each vine gives its best, adapting the gestures according to the weather conditions.

All the vineyards of Joseph Mellot are conducted according to a reasoned agriculture, certified by Haute Valeur Environnementale since 2019.

The grapes are always harvested at perfect maturity. In 2019, the harvest started on September 16, in 2018 it started a week earlier, while in 2016 it was not until September 30th.

Sauvignon blanc in the deep geological richness of Sancerre

Sauvignon blanc offers characteristic expressions of the terroirs from which it comes, offering a palette of remarkable aromas to wines to which it confers a beautiful natural tension and freshness.

In Sancerre, it thrives on three distinct soil types:

  • to the west, the clay-limestone hills known as the “terres blanches” are made up of Kimmeridgian marls. They give whites that are complex, fruity and round, wines that will open up as they
  • in the centre of the appellation, in a north-south axis, the “caillottes”, with stones and limestone give Sancerres a youthful, floral and fruity expression.
  • further east of the vineyard, the clay-siliceous soils contain flints, which have the particularity of heating the vine continuously. On this terroir, which covers 15% of the appellation, Sauvignon blanc develops beautiful mineral aromas, sometimes leaning towards flinty notes, so characteristic of its terroirs.

Most of the cuvées are made in stainless steel vats to be tasted young, but Sauvignon blanc can also be vinified in oak barrels where it ages advantageously, developing different aromas, from white fleshy fruits among others, retaining all its freshness.

It can sublimate many moments and a wide range of dishes, from the aperitif to dessert. It is the companion of choice for seafood, fish and white meats, and remarkable with many cheeses starting with goat cheese such as the Crottin de Chavignol AOC and hard-pressed cheese like Comté.

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