The grapes were pressed very slowly and the juice was cold stettled. The wine was fermented and aged in oak barrels with a proportion of 30% new oak, in our historic cellars located at the heart of the village of Sancerre where alchemy between the exceptional terroirs, oak from the region’s forests (Allogny, Saint Palais) and conditions in the cellar may take place.
Fermentation lasts 2 to 7 months and the wine is aged for 20 months. Barrel ageing adds a new dimension to the wine’s structure, gives it vanilla flavours and good ageing potential.
GRAPE VARIETY: Sauvignon Blanc
TERROIR: The estate’s oldest vines, planted on pebbly clay-limestone slopes, known locally as «caillottes».
CHARACTERISTICS: A beautiful clear golden yellow robe with a lovely shine. The first nose starts with some honey and candied apricot flavors. Then, after aeration, La Grande Châtelaine 1995 offers a development of aromatic components such as dates and quince. La Grande Châtelaine1995 is very attractive with a wonderful attack, ample and silky. Its roundness along with a slight acidity reveals with success the 1995 vintage, warm and concentrated. This 18 years old Sauvignon Blanc still keeps some freshness. It reveals all its delicacy after a short decantation.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: A lovely wine to try with refined dishes or on its own as an aperitif. It is also the perfect accompaniment to fish such as salmon or monkfish and scallops. Ideal serving temperature: 12° to 14°C.