The Domaine du Nozay Sancerre Blanc 2018 is made from the northernmost Sauvignon Blanc vines in Sancerre. Philippe de Benoist purchased the Chateau du Nozay in the early 1970’s and began making wine from the Sauvignon Blanc grapes planted on the steep hillside vineyards outside the town Sainte-Gemme-en-Sancerrois. Today, Philippe’s son Cyril is making the wine and the property is certified organic and achieved biodynamic certification in 2018. To quote Cyril regarding this wine, “tension, minerality, accents of white fruit and citrus. From the attack to the finish, the mouth is supple, expressive and elegant.” And so much more.
Tasting note: Brassy colored with a thin silver rim, the lifted aromas are smoky and salty. The fruits are a little hard to put a finger on. Lemons and green and yellow apples can safely be counted, as well as dried apricots. The subtle tertiary notes are where things get even better, aromas and flavors of dates, almonds and figs linger in the background. This has softer, rounder edges than many wines from Sancerre. Nor is it super acidic and briny, it’s a salted, soft yellow apple with a long finish and high complexity. Lastly, this wine will develop marvelously for another twenty years at least.