Nicolas Girard was introduced to the importer by his friend David Sautereau. In addition to making wine for his family’s estate, Domaine des Brosses, Nicolas also has two hectares of his own, from which he makes Sancerre in his small winery. His first vintage was in 2006 and he bottled the entire production under Stelvin for Liberty Wines.
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.
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.
Vegan/veggie, practising organic.