Domaine Yves Martin 2019 Sancerre, Loire Valley, France - DECANTsf

Domaine Yves Martin 2019 Sancerre, Loire Valley, France

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Domaine Yves Martin 2019 Sancerre, Loire Valley, France

Domaine Yves Martin is a small, family-run estate with nineteen hectares of vines in the famed town of Chavignol. The winemaker, Pierre Martin, took over from his father Yves in 2005. The winery is located in the center of Chavignol and is gravity fed. All fermentation happens spontaneously in thermo-regulated tanks. Most of the wines are aged in stainless steel (although a couple of the cuvées are aged partially in barrels) and all are aged on the fine lees, lending a nice richness to the wines. They grow vines in each of the two famous terroirs of Chavignol: “caillottés,” which is stony and chalky; and “terres blanches,” which is composed of clay and limestone. The result is mineral-laden, refreshing Sancerre with citrusy lime notes and a lingering finish.

  • Winemaker: Pierre Martin
  • Farming: Organic practicing
  • Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Terroir: Limestone/Chalk/Kimmeridgian marl and the top soil is very stoney. Average age is 30+ year old vines.
  • Vinification: Pneumatic pressing with running off by gravity, cold settling. Natural fermentation on indigenous yeasts in small stainless steel tanks with controlled temperatures.
  • Aging: Aging: 6 months on fine lees with regular bâtonnage
  • Bottled: March 2020
  • Tasting Notes: Delicate and elegant nose revealing hints of peach, pear and white flowers. The mouth is rich and well-balanced, enhanced by a nice minerality, complexity and a lingering long finish.
  • Scores: Pierre Martin is making superb wines right now and he is one of the under the radar, top producers in the village of Chavignol (the Vosne-Romanée of Sancerre). Monsieur Martin ferments his wine with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The 2019 version is excellent, exuding the blade of Kimmeridgian limestone minerality that Chavignol is rightly famous for, with a bouquet of lime, green apple, very complex minerality, gentle botanicals and a topnote of orange blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with superb soil signature, bright, snappy acids and excellent balance and grip on the long and complex finish. I would love to see Monsieur Martin try fermenting and aging his wine in older foudre like the François Cotat or Anne Vatan, as the depth of fruit here is every bit as good as those superstars’ wines, but the texture is different, with this wine having been raised in stainless steel. In any case, this is first class Sancerre and very much emblematic of Chavignol terroir. 2020-2030.”" – 92 Points – View from the Cellar (John Gilman)

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