Sancerre is an especially privileged wine growing location, proudly dominating some of the most beautiful scenery in the Loire valley.
The famous Sauvignon Blanc appellation is located on the left bank of the Loire, across from Pouilly-Fumé.
The grape is grown all along the Loire River, throughout Touraine, but it reaches its apogee in the eastern Loire, at Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, because of the region’s chalk, flint and marl soils.
At its best, and with meticulous vineyard management and skilled handling in the cellar, Sancerre combines the piercing, aromatic fruit qualities of the grape variety with the dry-as-a-bone, minerally, stony character derived from its special location – what the French call “terroir”.
Sancerre can achieve this because it’s not a mass-produced wine.
The Balland family own some of the best vineyards in this famous area, producing wines of a pale golden colour and an assertive bouquet of gooseberry and lemon with a delightful supple finish.
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2014:INTERNATIONAL TROPHY WINNER (Sauvignon Blanc over £15)JEAN-PAUL BALLAND SANCERRE GRAND CUVEE 2012
“Understated, restrained and elegant with superb expression of fruit. A polished, floral nose shows a hint of oak spice and minerally fruits leading to a palate of yellow plums and flint, backed up by fresh acidity singing with mineral nuances. Great ageing potential”
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Sancerre Grande Cuvée ~ Domaine Jean-Paul Balland£239.40 Per Case (Ex VAT) Equiv price per bottle £19.95 (ex VAT)
Decanter say: “Understated, restrained and elegant with superb expression of fruit. A polished, floral nose shows a hint of oak spice and minerally fruits leading to a palate of yellow plums and flint, backed up by a fresh acidity singing with mineral nuances. Great ageing potential” We say – a truly fine Sancerre. Only produced in the best years, where grapes are completely picked by hand from 45 year old vines.
Sancerre Rosé ~ Domaine Jean-Paul Balland£198.00 Per Case (Ex VAT) Equiv price per bottle £16.50 (ex VAT)
A bright salmon colour, the initial bouquet offers the scent of roses, opening out into aromas of fresh almonds, peonies and spices. On the palate an excellent acidity associated with the fruity crispness of morello cherries. Floral nuances in the mid-palate are reinforced by ripe tannins, announcing a tangy, gourmet final.
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Sancerre ~ Domaine Jean-Paul Balland£191.40 Per Case (Ex VAT) Equiv price per bottle £15.95 (ex VAT)
Clear to the eye with a pale yellow hue, suggesting a ripe fruity wine, delicate on the nose with aromas of peach and white blossoms then a fresh and supple approach opens out into a rich fruitiness, flavoured with a hint of exotic fruits. A well-balanced wine confirmed by a generous and lively finish! This prestigious wine symbolises the very best of this famous area.
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