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Domaine de la Pauline
France, Loire Valley, Loire Valley
Eric Louis’ labels bear the name of his great-great-grandmother Pauline, who established the family’s reputation for quality wines all the way back in the 1860’s. The domaine is located just outside the village of Thauvenay, one of Sancerre’s 14 communes in the southeast section of the appellation. Most of the domaine’s vineyards are just a caillote’s throw from the Loire River.
Though avoiding the bureaucratic headaches associated with certification, Eric tends his vines organically, limits yields, and schedules pruning, ploughing and picking according to lunar cycles (Maria Thun calendar). White, red and rosé Sancerres are vinified in the domaine’s two cellars in the heart of the village.
Sauvignon Blanc is settled on the south easy side of the Sancerre hilltop. Soil composed of 1/2 chalky-clay and 1/2 flinty (silex) soils. Organic approach in the vineyard, no herbicide, grass-growing, hoeing, ploughing, disbudding, and green harvesting.
Soil composed of 2/3 chalky-clay and 1/3 flinty (silex) soils.
Manual harvest using small bins. Organic approach in the vineyard, no herbicide, grass-growing, hoeing, ploughing, disbudding, and green harvesting.
Grapes are slowly pressed to extract the best of the fruit. Three to four-week temp-controlled fermentation with indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks. Sancerre Blanc does not undergo malo-lactic, but is left on lees until February following harvest.
Aged on its fine lees until February where it develops its richness and its length.