2022 La Côte d'Amigny Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte

Grapes Sauv Blanc
Colour White
Origin France, Loire
Other Vegetarian, Vegan
Sub-district Sancerre
Village Chavignol
ABV 13%

The Terroir : The Côte d’Amigny comes from a small plot located on the famous “Grande Côte” of Chavignol, a superb terroir with very shallow clay-limestone soil resting on the famous Kimmeridgian marls. It is a very old vine planted in the 1950s. This is the first year for this vintage which will have 1200 bottles. Winemaking : After reaching maximum maturity, the grapes are harvested by hand and sorted into 12kg boxes. The harvest is introduced in whole, unpressed bunches into our hydraulic presses (Coquard). The pressing is weak and slow to obtain a clear, premium quality juice. This juice is then put in different containers: 50% in new barrels, 25% in Wineglobe and 25% in stoneware. It stays there for around 18 months before being assembled and bottled without fining or filtration. Tasting notes : Golden colour. The nose combines white fruits with hazelnut-style dried fruits. The palate is particularly powerful with lush, exotic and spicy aromatics. A classy woodiness integrated into the rich substance, while still possessing good freshness. The persistence Winemaker's notes (Feb 2024)

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Domaine Vincent Delaporte

Patrick and I first visited Vincent Delaporte in 1986, a memorable end to a long day, we finished by tasting older and older red and white Sancerres. His wines were in Steven Spurrier's selection for the Caves de la Madeleine, where I had worked several years earlier, and the London end of which Patrick was running at the time. They have featured in the Lea & Sandeman selection since our very first list. The domaine passed to Vincent's son Jean-Yves and his wife Nathalie, and now their son Matthieu is in charge, after a 'stage' at L&S in the summer of 2012, and taken over the winemaking role. They have recently incorporated the vines of Matthieu's uncle, giving them two new jewels in the crown, decent holdings in the Monts Damnés (white) and Cul de Beaujeu (red).

Matthieu has taken the domaine in the direction of organic farming, although he still hesitates over going for certification. He has stopped buying new barrels, and stopped using cultured yeasts, sometimes allowing malolactic fermentation to occur. Levels of sulphur are kept to the barest minimum.

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