Purple-red robe with ruby hints. The nose opens with light menthol and truffle notes which develop into deeper richer aromas of black olive paste, prunes and figs. The palate is redolent of wild herbs, spice and dried figs. The tannins are elegant and well-integrated. This is a balanced, poised wine that ends on a pleasing mineral note.
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier owns 13 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc in the village of Bue, one of the principle hamlets surrounding the old walled town of Sancerre. These soils have a high chalk content and as a result this Sancerre is distinguished by its perfume of citrus and minerals. It has finesse and precision combining typical firm structure with an aromatic , blackcurrant character and an extra richness of gooseberry and lees on a long, zesty finish.
They bottle two white cuvées, a generic blend and, since 1999, a separate bottling from Le Chêne Marchand.
Le Chêne Marchand is a single gentle south facing site situated between Bué and Crézancy and is recognised as one of the potential ‘Grand Cru’ vineyards of the appellation – should the Berrichon ever take this route. The wines are aged on their lees in a single concrete tank for between 15 and 18 months, and the request to bottle a quantity in magnum signifies our belief in the wines ability to age and mature further.
The estate applies the principles of substainable winegrowing.
Very beautiful yellow colour with a discreet gold touch, shimmering with green reflections. The nose opens up onto delicate notes of flowers : lime tree, elder, then some fruits appears : peach, fresh grapes, apple. Mineral in the mouth, it’s filled with fat, adorned with a beautiful liveliness highlighting aromas of white flowers. A wine endowed with finesse and complexity that will perfectly match a seafood platter, dessert and fresh fruit.