Sancerre Blanc Ammonites 2012 - Domaine Roblin


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This bottle is the top white Sancerre of the property, coming from the best parcels of "Terres blanches". It is made only during the best years, making it pretty rare. Produced naturally without any filtration, it shows an amazing complexity and a beautiful balance between minerality and fruit: lemon, grapefruit and apple are all over the mouth, while the wine remains crisp and fresh. Very long finish in the palate. Top quality, very special Sancerre.
 
Wine CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
DomainDomaine Matthias et Emile RoblinEyePale yellow with green hints
Vintage2012Nose Mineral nose with delicate citrus notes
AppellationSancerre AOCMouthCrisp, tight and mineral with plenty of citrus flavours
AreaLoire ValleyDrink fromNow
ColourWhiteDrink before2017
GrapesSauvignon Blanc (100%)Open Open and drink
TypeDryDrinking temperature8-10°C
    
Food pairing
A very expressive Sauvignon Blanc, ideal with fine seafood like a grilled lobster or scallops
 
A word about the domain
Matthias and Émile are the 4th generation of the Roblin Family to manage the property. Matthias took it over in 2000, joined by his brother Émile in 2006. They have developed the domain and converted it to "Agriculture Raisonnée". They are doing an amazing job making outstanding wines from the great "Terres Blanches" soils, made of Kimmeridgian Marls, very well known in the region. They have also upgraded their cellar drastically to control the fermentation better and improve the quality of all their wines.
 
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve: 1* (Good Production)

About the wine
Wine Spectator : 87/100
“Light but pure, with a chiselled edge to the flint, chive and lime notes.”

Wine Enthusiast: 91/100
“Ammonites are the fossils found in the chalk soil of Sancerre. This wine certainly shows the right mineral texture, very crisp and tight. It’s full of citrus, zesty orange and apple skins. It needs to develop, wait until 2015.”

Guide Gilbert & Gaillard: 91/100
“Pale yellow with green tints. Very expressive mineral nose with a faint petrol touch and delicate grapefruit notes. Clean, nervy and fiery palate framed by fat and mineral to boot. A highly expressive Sancerre.”

Awards
Concours des Vins de Sancerre 2014: Bronze Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 : Recommanded
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
SoilClay and limestone
Age of vines30 years old
Yield50 to 60 hl/ha
HarvestManual
MaturingStainless steel vats
Ageing10-12 months on fine lees
Alcohol12.5%

 

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Sancerre Blanc Ammonites 2012 - Domaine Roblin

Sancerre Blanc Ammonites 2012 - Domaine Roblin