Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault Les Belles Cotes Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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Roger et Didier Raimbault 2013 Les Belles Côtes Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)
Designation: Les Belles Côtes
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Sancerre, Loire Valley, France
Winery: Roger et Didier Raimbault
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
In Magazine: 10/1/2014
By Roger Voss
Initially fresh and fruity, it opens to show a richer side, full of ripe pear and quince, with an apricot touch. The wine is textured and steely with a firm core that suggests it will age. Drink now, but better wait until 2015. (10/1/2014) -91
By Serge Dore Selections
Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault Sancerre Les Belles Cotes 2013
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, Les Belles Cotes is a blend of two terroirs from different slopes. These hillsides face different directions, offering a great aromatic variety of terroir expressions. The pebbly caillottes terroir drains water well, forcing the vine roots to seek humidity in the underlying limestone. This gives the wine a structured intensity and ripe fruit (SE-facing) along with citrus freshness (W-facing), while the terres blanches clay-limestone terroir provide richness and complexity (E-facing) and a fresh mineral finish (N-facing), creating a more long-lived wine. An incredible combination…Roger et Didier Raimbault’s Sancerre Les Belles Cotes is indeed a remarkable expression of Sauvignon Blanc, typified by vivid and refreshing minerality.
Roger et Didier Raimbault's domaine is situated in the Verdigny commune, right in the heart of the Sancerre wine region. The family has been growing vines for ten generations, and own 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". Sancerre is located on the left bank of the Loire River, right in the center of France (some 125 miles from Paris). Overlooking the river, the vineyards of Sancerre are spread over some 7000 acres of rolling hills, with perfect conditions for cultivating vines. The same chalk famous in the White Cliffs of Dover runs down through Champagne and Chablis into Sancerre, where it is cut through by a series of small valleys, each with their own microclimate and terroir. The two grape varieties used in Sancerre are Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The white wines are fresh, fruity, and elegant, the roses are delicate and subtle, and the reds are perfumed and smooth.
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Terroir: Limestone and clay-limestone (Kimmeridgean).
Pruning Shape: Guyot simple.
Yield: 60 hl/ha.
Winemaking Method: The grapes are pressed gently and white wines are vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The must is cold-settled for 24 to 48 hours depending on how cloudy it is. Wines are examined before and during alcoholic fermentation to ensure that vinification proceeds as smoothly as possible.
Maturing: The wines are matured on their lees until they are bottled, to give them as much richness and finesse as possible.
Tasting Notes: Fresh and lively with citrus fruit aromas, it may be served as an aperitif and goes well with "crudités", fish and cheese.
Storage: 2-6 years.
Imported by Serge Dore Selections