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2016 Sancerre “Côte des Embouffants”

Domaine Roger Neveu

2016 Sancerre “Côte des Embouffants” Domaine Roger Neveu - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Neveu’s 2016 vintage evokes the region’s green, rolling countryside best experienced in the springtime. Wildflowers in bloom, fresh green grass, wet stones, zippy fruit—electrifying!

Adriel Taquechel

$25.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Sancerre
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Domaine Roger Neveu
Winemaker: Éric & Jean-Philippe Neveu
Vineyard: 20 years average, 18 ha
Soil: Limestone
Aging: Wine aged for 3 months before first racking, aged for 8 to 12 months in total
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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2013 Bourgueil “Les Perrières”

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N.V. Vouvray Brut “Méthode Traditionnelle”

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2013 Chinon “Clos du Chêne Vert”

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2015 Bourgeuil “Cuvée Beauvais”

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2015 Chinon

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2015 Savennières “Cuvée Spéciale”

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2014 Clisson “La Molette”

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2015 Quincy “Vieilles Vignes”

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2016 Bourgueil “Cuvée Alouettes”

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