Gilles Lesimple Sancerre Blanc
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Sourced from estate vines that grow on each of the three principal soil types of Sancerre Caillottes (limestone and clay), Kimmeridgian (calcium carbonate-rich limestone), and Flint
Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Elaboration: Fermentation occurs in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, with neutral yeast. Each plot (i.e. each soil type) is fermented separately, and a final blend occurs prior to bottling. It is an interesting exercise to taste all three plots separately at the winery, and at the same time to see how well they complement one another once blended.
Tasting Notes: Aromas are nuances of citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon), exotic fruits (mango and litchi), floral notes (white flowers and shrub broom), greener notes (blackcurrant leaf, asparagus), spices (liquorice), and mineral (smoky, flint). It wakes up the taste buds, allowing the perception of spiciness on the tip of the tongue. The second impression shows the suppleness and volume of the wines from the ‘stony’ vineyards, blending nicely with the mineral vivacity of the wines from the flint soils.
Gilles Lesimple is the fourth generation in his family to farm the land of Sancerre . Fifteen years ago Gilles took over the reins of the family domaine, where he tends to 10 hectares, 85% of which are Sauvignon Blanc.
Farming here is natural, and a major advantage of this estate is that the vines sit on each of the three principal soil types in Sancerre (Limestone, Marnes, and Silex).