Jean Paul Balland Sancerre 2022
Jean-Paul Balland is a family owned estate with about 48 acres of vineyards in some of the best areas for growing outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, Le Grand Chemarin and Le Chêne Marchand all sustainably farmed. Jean-Paul has handed over the running of the domaine to his two daughters, Burgundy-trained oenologist Isabelle makes the wines, and Elise runs an impressively efficient office. The impressive new cellars were completed just in time for the 2015 vintage. The grapes are lightly pressed and subjected to a low-temperature fermentation under natural indigenous yeasts, the objective being to find “bloom”, elegance and minerality.
The wine is aged in large casks with frequent stirring of the lees for more mouthfeel and richness. Rich, beautiful intense aroma of citrus, bloom of peach flowers. Upon aeration the nose confirms a fruity aromatic palette. Subtle aromas of ripe fruit (white peach, pink grapefruit), white flowers, honeyed sweetness. A lively and truly attack, the signature of a generous maturity. Gourmet ripe fruit (white peach, pink grapefruit, quince), an elegant minerality. Gourmet ripe fruit (white peach, pink grapefruit, quince), an elegant minerality.