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Key facts

Country
France
Region
Loire
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage
2011
Producer
Domaine Alain Girard
Winemaker
Anthony Girard
Stopper
Natural Cork
ABV
13

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Label for Domaine Alain Girard Sancerre 2011, Loire

Product Details

Tasting Notes

The 2011 is bright yellow in colour with green hints.

The palate is fresh and citrus in flavour, with notes of hay and nettle too.

It has crisp acidity balanced by intense fruit and textbook minerality.

The finish is elegant in texture with typical purity and refreshment of excellent Sancerre.

Storage Instructions

This wine is ideal for drinking now but can be kept for up to 3 years

Background

History

Domaine Alain Girard is from Domaine des Brosses, which was established in 1875 and lies 10 kms south of the town of Sancerre. The Girard family modernised the winery and vineyards when they bought the estate in 1973. Nicolas Girard has now taken over his father’s 11 hectare estate and, with his brother Anthony, is making wines that are fresh, modern and aromatic. Both the brothers have travelled extensively throughout the wine world, and have used the knowledge and experience acquired to underpin the style of their classic Sancerre.

Winemaking details

Anthony Girard

Regional info

The Girard family have 6 different parcels of Sancerre vineyards. Their hillside vineyards are located on classic clay and chalk soils, giving the grippy, mineral style expected of true Sancerre. Domaine des Brosses has used a machine harvester to collect the grapes since 1989. This is so that the Sauvignon Blanc is brought to the winery in the coolness of night-time, thus retaining the classic citrus and gooseberry aromas and flavours of Sancerre.

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