In addition to making wine for his family's estate, Domaine des Brosses, Nicolas Girard also has two hectares of his own, from which he makes Sancerre in his small winery.
As with Domaine des Brosses, Nicolas' small vineyard is situated on the slopes of Veaugues, in the Sancerre appellation. Here, the vines benefit from better drainage as well as greater exposure to the sun, which is important at such a northerly latitude. The vines are 5-25 years old. Soils are typically clay and chalk, giving the structured, firm mineral style expected of Sancerre.
Growers had to contend with a complex array of weather patterns throughout the spring, but warm weather over summer and good conditions towards the end of the ripening season provided a positive end to a difficult vintage. The resulting wines are flavoursome and fruit-driven, with excellent balance.
Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, without the use of oak. Nicolas sealed his wine with screwcap to maximise freshness and preserve the wine's delicate perfumes.
This Sancerre is pale lemon in colour with youthful tints. On the nose, it is fresh and aromatic. On the palate, the wine has an attractive mineral quality, with a full body and refreshing acidity. The wine has the classic purity of citrus fruit, hay and nettles that is found in top quality Sancerre.