WSI93+ Aromas of lime and lemon zest, with a touch of firecracker smoke (from the flinty soils). Flavors of crisp pear, grapefruit and kumquat. PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Salads with Loire Valley regional goat cheese; oysters or other fresh shellfish.
The family’s vineyards sit high up on the slope in the village of Sury, northwest of Sancerre. Soils are a mix of sand, “caillottes” (small chalky stones) and flint. Vines are on average 35 years old. Grapes are harvested by hand, and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks; wines are aged in tank on fine lees, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Hand-harvested. Fermented and aged in temperaturecontrolled, stainless steel tanks on fine lees. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Domaine Pastou is located in the commune of Sury-en-Vaux, a sleepy town located amidst the rolling hills in the Northern section of the Sancerre appellation. Jean-Marc Pastou has been making wine under his own label since the early 1980’s, planting his first vines (now his oldest), in that same year. They hold a total of 12 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc vines in Sancerre, including numerous parcels in the lieu dit of ‘Les Boucaults’ – the bulk of which goes into the cuvee for MSW, hence the name of this bottling.
This wine is a perennial favorite, delivering minerally driven, beautiful Sancerre fruit for an amazingly good price.