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Domaine du Nozay

Domaine du Nozay

Cyril’s father de Benoist (brother of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti mastermind Aubert de Villaine), Philippe de Benoist, founded Domaine du Nozay in 1970, and today, Cyril is bottling the finest wines in

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Nozay’s home turf of Saint-Gemme is the Sancerre hamlet closest to Chablis, and it is well north of the Sancerre’s more well known sub-villages of Bue, Chavignol, and Sancerre itself. The result is a wine that speaks less of “Sancerre” or Sauvignon Blanc-driven character, and more to the deep, ancient, limestone minerality that makes the greater region that spans Burgundy and the Loire Valley arguably the most thrilling white wine destination on the planet.

Cyril ferments today’s certified organic and biodynamic Sancerre exclusively with his property’s indigenous, airborne yeast. His vessel of choice is an egg-shaped stainless steel tank that maximizes purity while encouraging continuous circulation of the fine lees during fermentation. Each plot of Nozay’s 15-hectare estate is hand-picked and fermented separately. Riper, richer juice goes into other cuvées—some in barrel, one in amphora—but the most angular, tense and mouth-watering fruit is reserved for today’s “Domaine du Nozay” bottling. The result of the final assemblage is a Sancerre of uncommon delineation and focus.

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France, Loire Valley

Sauvignon Blanc