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Wednesday 9 January 2013

Wine of the Month: Domaine Balland-Chapuis “Le Chatillet” Sancerre

Domaine Balland-Chapuis is located Bué, in the heart of the Sancerre wine region. The estate comprises 34 hectares of vines that are spread over 3 Appellations : Coteaux du Giennois, Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. The terroirs of these Central Loire vineyards are spread through the heart of a region blessed with a fabulous countryside and a rich heritage.

In the sancerre vineyards the soil is very stony and full of limestone, this is known as “caillottes”. There is one exception, the Chêne Marchand parcel, which is on micaceous chalk soils. Thera are a total of 15 hectares planted in Sancerre, Amigny and Bué (Cher), of which approximately 13 hectares are Sauvignon and 1,5 hectares are Pinot Noir for making red and rosé wines. The youngest vines are 15 to 20 years old and their average yield is 55hl/ha and year.

Grapes from three vineyards are vinified separately as they have outstanding terroirs:
Le Vallon: 2,75 hectares of 25-year-old vines, 100% Sauvignon, yield: 50hl/ha and year.
Chêne Marchand : A small area of 30-year-old vines, 100% Sauvignon, yield: 45hl/ha and year.
La Louisonne : A small area of 40-year-old vines, 100% Pinot Noir, yield: 40hl/ha and year.

Domaine Balland-Chapuis “Le Chatillet” Sancerre 2011 is a wonderful wine with floral aromas and a hint of citrus fruit. The palate is long and clean with fruits, spiciness and finally a slight tropical hint. It has been cold fermented for 20 days and then been left resting on the yeast residue.
You should try it with shellfish, poached oysters or broiled langoustines!

You cannot buy this wonderful wine at Systembolaget. You’ll have to buy a case of six bottles from the Swedish distributor Franska Vinlistan (

Cost in Sweden: 143 SEK
Cost in US: Unknown
Cost in China: Unknown

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