Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2020 edition panel tasting of Loire Sauvignon Blanc (see blue link below).
Domaine De La Rossignole Sancerre 2018 - June 2020 Decanter review
This Sancerre domaine has been passed down through the generations of the Cherrier family since 1848 and the name Domaine de la Rossignole was given in honour of one of the ancestral parcels. Since 1994, the estate has been run by François and Jean-Marie Cherrier, who passionately believe in a philosophy of minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery, allowing the wines to fully express the terroir. The result is a stunning Sancerre, which showcases all the classic hallmarks of the appellation.
The winter was mild and very humid; allowing the vegetation cycle to commence normally, with good bunches forming. From the end of May to the beginning of July, a stormy period with high rainfall required vigilance in the vineyard. However, from July through to the harvest, the weather was warm and dry. The vines did not suffer as they drew water from the soil’s reserves. The yields and quality were high when harvesting commenced on 13th September, with aromatic grapes of optimal maturity.
The vineyard is located in the heart of the Sancerre appellation and the soil is a blend of the three main soils which are typical of the region: clayey-siliceous, silex and clayey-chalk. Biodynamic techniques are employed in the vineyard. The vines are cultivated as naturally as possible, with ploughing, hoeing and short pruning. The environment is respected when protecting the vineyard against disease. The vineyard is managed in order to consume the least amount of energy as possible.
The grapes were pressed within two hours of being picked, in order to retain freshness. The must was settled over 24 hours, separating the juice from the solids. After a racking, the juice was transferred to stainless steel tanks, where it underwent fermentation at controlled temperatures of between 19°C and 20°C. The wine was racked and matured on its fine lees to add texture and complexity, before being cold stabilised, filtered and bottled.
Sauvignon Blanc 100%.
Long and aromatic on the finish. Lively, showing bright grapefruit and smoky tones finishing on a refreshing, mineral note. 2018 is a very aromatic vintage delivering complex aromas of floral notes, quince and a hint of caramel. A beautifully structured Sancerre, with a fresh attack, a full, fleshy palate with distinctive mineral overtones. Long and aromatic on the finish.
ABV = 14.0%.