2018 MAISON IDIART SANCERRE 750MLRegion: Italy
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I met Nicolas Idiart many years ago. He is one of the most passionate lovers of great wine that I know. His knowledge and his experience are superb. He is a third generation wine maker. Both his father and Grandfather made wine in Bordeaux which is where he is from. Nicolas Idiart is a passionate young winemaker producing small-batch, artisanal wines from the Loire Valley in France. The youngest-ever graduate of Bordeaux’s prestigious Ecole du Vin, Nico worked in New Zealand, Canada and Bordeaux prior to returning to his native Loire Valley. He sources fruit from many of the area’s top growers and uses only native yeasts and first-run juice to produce accessibly-priced gems that are true to their world-class terroir
Produced from vines that range in age from 25 -30 years. 100% of these vines are planted on “caillote” dry chalky rocks on hills at 230 meter high. Once the grapes have reached optimum maturity, the Sauvignons go through skin-maceration. All pre-fermentation processes are carried out under inert gas to protect the berries and the musts from oxidation.
SAVE 29%. Top Pick This Year. 93pts Decanter
The palate starts zesty, with an amazingly austere minerality that makes you believe the wine's only ingredients are fossils and acidity. Exhibits the classical/textbook honeyed melon nose, with gorgeous levels of fruit, medium to full body, and exceptional finesse and precision. This is a rich, intense, tank-fermented and aged Sancerre that is bursting with fruit, as well as that unmistakable underlying mineral character