2019 Paul Prieur Sancerre Kes Monts DamnesSauvignon Blanc from France
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Domaine Paul Prieur’s Sancerre Blanc comes from 13.5 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown on several parcels of south-facing, sloping vineyards, mainly in the commune of Ve...
Domaine Paul Prieur’s Sancerre Blanc comes from 13.5 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown on several parcels of south-facing, sloping vineyards, mainly in the commune of Verdigny. Winemakers Luc and Didier Prieur assemble the cuvees, so the blend of the different origins enhances the wine’s richness and complexity. About 70% of the grapes come from vines planted on two types of limestone soil: the thin, very stony, pure limestone “caillottes” soil contributes an intense bouquet and a vivid fruitiness with pleasant mineral notes, while the “terres-blanches” terroir has mix of limestone and clay, providing considerable body and structure, with great ripeness. The remaining 30% of the fruit comes from a silex soil in the commune of Thauvenay, adding its unique smoky “gun-flint” aromatic quality to the wine. The Prieurs aim to attain a perfect balance between ripeness and fruity acidity. They harvest by hand, ferment slowly at low temperature using only native yeast, and age their wine in stainless steel tanks on its fine lees to preserve all of the natural fruit and aromas. This textbook Sancerre Blanc is packed with white flower, citrus and tropical fruit flavors, has a classic Sancerre “attack,” and a long, refreshing, minerally finish. Fully dry, the Prieur Sancerre Blanc is very versatile with a wide range of foods. It perfectly complements grilled fish and chicken dishes, cold trout, salmon and seafood, soft shell crabs, pasta primavera and, of course, all goat cheeses.