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Valencay Sebastien Vaillant

€19.99/Bottle | €239.88/Case
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Light lemon in colour with a lovely grassy, citrus nose showing plenty of zesty Sauvignon Blanc aroma. On the palate, it has great balance with racy acidity that is rounded out by the richer Chardonnay. Creamy but still very lively, with a mineral note on the finish.
The Vineyard
Sébastien Vaillant's domaine covers 24 hectares. It lies on clay/flint soils which continue east to Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre. The flint in particular gives the characteristic mineral quality to all the best wines made in this area. There are also patches of sandy/lime soils here, over very stony and clay subsoils which add richness and depth. Sébastien's vines are approximately 20 years old. The Sauvignon Blanc is planted on clay and flint soils and the Chardonnay on sandy lime soils.

Tatin at Domaine des Ballandors in Quincy. His delicious and good value Valençay is 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% unoaked Chardonnay, which Sébastien feels adds body and texture to the blend. The fruit is sourced from his own vineyard which sits in the rain shadow of the nearby forest, providing drier, healthier conditions for growing grapes. Valençay achieved official AC status from the 2002 vintage and is the only area to hold this for both its wine and its distinctive pyramid-shaped goat's cheese, which is also the ideal accompaniment for the wine.
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Valencay Sebastien Vaillant
Red Nose Rating: 91%
Tags:
Fine Wine with long rich finish, Full, oaky whites