Alphonse Dolly Sancerre 2021

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Description

Alphonse Dolly Sancerre comes from the south-eastern slopes of the villages of Thauvenay, Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre and Vinon and flourishes on clay-limestone and flint soils.

Grapes are harvested at night and pressed slowly to extract the best from the fruit, then cool fermented without the use of sulphites. The wine rests on fine lees in stainless steel under nitrogen until spring, developing body and length, with successive tastings determining the best time to bottle. The bottling is also made under nitrogen to further limit the use of sulphites.

Pale gold in colour with perfect clarity, the nose is open and full of fruit, gooseberry, citrus and tropical fruit to the fore. The palate is ripe and concentrated, full and rounded in the mouth with an explosion of sweet stone-fruit and tangy autumn green fruits, a steely core throughout with faint wisps of smoke and honey on the finish.

  • Ripe, fresh, minerally
  • 750ml
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2026
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Producer: Eric Louis Sancerre

Eric Louis is a fourth generation winegrower and vigneron, working the same vineyards that his great grandmother Pauline did when she founded the family estate in the 19th century. 'Les Celliers de la Pauline' are the estate's cellars, built above ground due to the risk of flooding from the nearby Loire river.

Eric and his associate Sophie Bertin now tend a mosaic of 60 individual plots over 35 hectares along the Loire, including the appellations of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Menetou-Salon. The estate was awarded HVE level 3 — the top level of High Environmental Value — in 2019 and began the conversion to organic farming in 2020. The work in the vineyard is extensive and exhaustive — no herbicides, no insecticides, manual tillage, disbudding and bunch thinning — all geared towards improving the quality of the grapes while protecting the precious vineyard ecosystem.

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