Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2013 Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault

Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2013 Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault

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This old vine offering from one of our favorite Sancerre producers exceeded even our expectations! Decades old vines, amazing Terres Blanches soil, and extended 'sur lie' maturation has built a complex, surprisingly full bodied yet crisp and vibrant wine, replete with stony minerality, wild herbs, tart citrus, and ripe stone fruits. Think of this as their Reserve bottling, but at a price in line with much more average Sancerre. Excellent value!
92 Points - International Wine Report!
"This elegant Sancerre is crisp, vibrant and instantly opens with gorgeous aromas of lime, grapefruit, stony minerals and a grassy character all coming together beautifully in the glass."

Wine Ratings

92 - International Wine Report!
91 - Wine Enthusiast!


Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalSauvignon Blanc
GrapeSauvignon Blanc
Alcohol Content12.50%

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Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2013 
By International Wine Report
DOMAINE ROGER ET DIDIER RAIMBAULT Sancerre 'Vieilles Vignes' 2013
Points: 92
Report Date: January, 2016 
Producer: Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault
Vintage: 2013
Drinking Window: 2016-2018
Estimated Value: $60
Country: France
Region: Loire Valley
Appellation: Sancerre
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
The 2013 Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Sancerre comes from 35-50 year old vines planted to steep hillsides composed of clay-limestone soils, known as "Terres Blanches". This elegant Sancerre is crisp, vibrant and instantly opens with gorgeous aromas of lime, grapefruit, stony minerals and a grassy character all coming together beautifully in the glass. It continues to impress with its outstanding oily texture which is cut with bright acidity before everything is wrapped up with a clean, fresh, mouthwatering finish. (Best 2016-2018) - January, 2016 (JD)
By Wine Enthusiast
Roger et Didier Raimbault 2013 Vieilles Vignes (Sancerre)
Points: 91
Designation: Vieilles Vignes
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Sancerre, Loire Valley, France
Winery: Roger et Didier Raimbault
Alcohol: 12.50%
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Category: White
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
Date Published: 11/1/2015
Produced from old vines in Verdigny, this is rich while still totally crisp. Ripe yellow and white fruits, apricots and apples are cut with acidity and a taut, mineral character. While this wine is ready to drink, it will improve for some time, and will be better in 2017.
By Serge Dore Selections
Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2013
Wine Details
Appellation: AOC Sancerre (Loire Valley)
Vineyard: 100% Sauvignon Blanc vines planted on steep clay-limestone hills called "terres blanches" (Kimmeridgian marl)
Winemaking: Grapes gently pressed and vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The must is cold-settled for 24 hours. PH between 3 and 3.2 is sought, for a good alcohol/acidity balance.
Aging: Aged on fine lees for 18 months. Stirring (batonnage) during the first 6 months, every 3 weeks, so as to keep the white lees in suspension. These lees give richness and power to the wine, and favor aromatic complexity with minimum sulfite addition.  
In the Vineyard
Two main points define this wine: the terres blanches soils it comes from and the age of the vines. 100% Sauvignon Blanc vines aged 35 to 50 years old are planted on very steep clay-limestone hillsides on one single terroir (terres blanches), bringing great richness and complexity to the final wine.  Within Sancerre, the soils break down into three distinct subtypes: Silex, or flinty soil, runs in a narrow band along a fault line that passes under the town of Sancerre; Kimmeridgian marl, also known as terres blanches because the chalky clay soil turns white in dry periods; and caillottes, or Oxfordian limestone, which has larger pieces of gravel due to erosion over the centuries. Each soil imparts a distinct character, with terres blanches deemed the top qualitatively. Wines from here tend to have more fruit and be more direct and pointed, with noted acidity and a great capacity for aging. 
Tasting Notes
The wine has a laserlike focus, great clarity of fruit and mineral freshness. The final wine thus achieves a perfect balance between power and subtle elegance. Pair with white meat, fish served in sauce, and goat cheese. Try it with foie gras for a most seductive alliance.
About the Domaine
Roger et Didier Raimbault's domaine is located in the Verdigny commune, right in the heart of the Sancerre wine region. The family has been growing vines for some 400 years, and owns 43 acres of vineyards on the sharp slopes of Verdigny and Sury en Vaux. These 500 to 1000 feet high hills rise in a slope of up to 40%, offering various sun exposures and terroirs giving authenticity and complexity to their wines. In order to fully express the terroir, vines are cultivated with great care, all year round. They use simple Guyot training and remove buds for greater vigor. Soils are worked to minimize herbicide use, and grass is planted to fight erosion. With these methods, they try to maintain vigor in the vines in order to harvest healthy and well balanced grapes. In their own words, "we cannot make a good wine with bad grapes."
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