Domaine du Nozay Sancerre 2014


2014 was a pretty good vintage in Sancerre and Nozay is exactly what I love about Sancerre. Crisp, citrus, passion-flower, minerality, tang and texture make for excellent drinking. This is so bright and energetic but fruitfully textural too…love it.

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Philippe de Benoist, owner of Domaine du Nozay, has a rather famous brother in law, one Aubert de Villaine, owner of the legendary Burgundy property Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Given the connection, it will come as no surprise that Domaine du Nozay’s winemaking philosophy is similarly meticulous, espousing organic methods. The Domaine’s vineyards boast a high proportion of prized terres blanches, the chalky-clay soils rich in marine fossils, which are linked to the distinctive flavours and textures of many great Sancerres. When he is not chasing wild boar (a favourite pastime), Philippe devotes his prodigious energy to managing Domaine du Nozay’s fifteen hectares of vineyards, while his talented son Cyril handles the winemaking.

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