Domaine du Nozay / Sancerre / 2018 / 750mL
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The under-the-radar estate of Domaine du Nozay offers some of the finest value in Sancerre. The house has a long history going back to the 17th century and the de Benoit family have been farming the land here in the northerly town of Saint-Gemme since the early 1970s. Nozay's soils have an intense amount of chalk and a sizable proportion of flint - giving the wines a unique style. This is delicate, gentle wine with a portrait-like flavor wheel of Meyer lemon, white peach, lemon verbena, a good dose of smoky flint. The deft use of lees contact adds balance and texture on the palate. It sees no oak only stainless steel, and yet the wine nearly feels as if there is some oak there given its mellow demeanor.
For such a warm vintage as 2018 this wine remains beautifully poised and restrained - nothing is too overt here. For the avid drinker of Sancerre who wants to discover a new face in the region, Nozay provides a sophistication that is matched only by its family’s dedication to organic farming and nurturing the grapes with meticulous devotion. Like a fine stained glass window, no element is out of place in this wine. The whole is surely more than just the sum of its parts. Don't miss this bottle!