In the village of Crézancy, seven kilometres west of Sancerre, the Sautereau family has been producing wine for nine generations. The winery is now being run by David Sautereau, who is producing modern, attractive wines that offer excellent value for money.
The Domaine's 22 hectares of vineyard are situated mainly in Crézancy, with a tiny proportion located in Bué and the village of Sancerre itself. The range of soils in this area, many of which are predominantly calcerous, allows David a good spread of different blending components for the wine, giving more complex and varied flavours.
2017 marked the latest in a succession of early harvests. Despite heavy frosts in April, the warm weather returned from the end of May through June before a heatwave in July slowed vine growth with localized heavy storms impacting production and increasing the risk of rot in some areas. The variable weather continued through the rest of the growing season, despite some hot weather reducing acidity and encouraging sugar accumulation, cool nights preserved the aromatics. A return to normal conditions in September meant grapes were able to reach optimum ripeness prior to harvest and the result was healthy, good quality fruit.
The pressed grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks at relatively cool temperatures of 16-19ºC in order to preserve the purity and aromatics of the fruit.
This is an elegant wine with floral notes complemented by citrus and stone fruit aromas of grapefruit, lemon and peach, which follow through on to the rounded palate. Medium-bodied with bright acidity, there is a small hint of liquorice and minerality on the long finish, which adds to its charm.