Serge Dore Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault Les Belles Cotes
Appellation: AOC Sancerre (Loire Valley)
Vineyard: 100% Sauvignon Blanc vines planted on limestone and clay-limestone hills called terres blanches
Aging: Aged on lees for 6 months and stir (bâtonnage) to keep the white lees in suspension. These lees give richness and power to the wine, and favor aromatic complexity with minimum sulfite addition.
ROGER ET DIDIER RAIMBAULT’s domaine is located in the Verdigny commune, right in the heart of the Sancerre wine region. The family has been growing vines for some 400 years, and owns 43 acres of vineyards on the sharp slopes of Verdigny and Sury en Vaux. These 500 to 1000 feet high hills rise in a slope of up to 40%, offering various sun exposures which gives the terroir authenticity and complexity to their wines. In order to fully express the terroir, vines are cultivated with great care-all year round. They use simple Guyot training and remove buds for greater vigor. Soils are worked to minimize herbicide use and grass is planted to fight erosion. With these methods, they maintain vigor in the vines to harvest healthy and well balanced grapes.
The wine is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. “Les Belles Cotes” is a blend of two terroirs from different slopes:
1st The pebbly caillottes terroir which drains water well, forcing the vine roots to seek humidity in the underlying limestone. This gives the wine a structured intensity and ripe fruit (SE-facing) along with citrus freshness (W-facing)
2nd The terres blanche clay-limestone terroir which provide richness and complexity (E-facing) and a fresh mineral finish (N-facing), creating a more long-lived wine.
An incredible combination… Roger et Didier Raimbault’s Sancerre Les Belles Cotes is a remarkable expression of Sauvignon Blanc, typified by vivid and refreshing minerality.
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