DOMAINE ROGER et DIDIER RAIMBAULT
Sancerre 'Les Belles Cotes'

Raimbault Les Belles Cotes

Vineyard Blend Sauvignon Blanc
Terroir Limestone and clay-limestone (Kimmeridgean)
Farming 60 hl/ha.
Winemaking The grapes are pressed gently and white wines are vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The must is cold-settled for 24 to 48 hours depending on how cloudy it is. Wines are examined before and during alcoholic fermentation to ensure that vinification proceeds as smoothly as possible.
Aging The wines are matured on their lees until they are bottled, to give them as much richness and finesse as possible.

 

About

Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, Les Belles Cotes is a blend of two terroirs from different slopes. These hillsides face different directions, offering a magical aromatic variety of terroir expressions. The pebbly caillottes terroir drains water well, forcing the vine roots to seek humidity in the underlying limestone. This gives the wine a structured intensity and ripe fruit (SE-facing) along with citrus freshness (W-facing), while the terre blanche clay-limestone terroir provide richness and complexity (E-facing) and a Accolades: 2013 vintage rated 91by Wine Enthusiast:“Initially fresh and fruity, it opens to show a richer side, full of ripe pear and quince, with an apricot touch. The wine is textured and steely with a firm core that suggests it will age.”Domaine raimbault sancerre “Les Belles Côtes”100% sauvignon blancfresh mineral finish (N-facing), creating a more long-lived wine. An incredible combination... Roger et Didier Raimbault’s Sancerre Les Belles Cotes is indeed a remarkable expression of Sauvignon Blanc, typified by vivid and refreshing minerality.

ROGER ET DIDIER RAIMBAULT's domaine is situated in the Verdigny commune, right in the heart of the Sancerre wine region. The family has been growing vines for ten generations, and own 43 acres of vine-yards on the sharp slopes of Verdigny and Sury en Vaux. These 500 to 1000 feet high hills rise in a slope of up to 40%, offering various sun exposures and terroirs giving authenticity and complexity to their wines.

n order to fully express the terroir, vines are cultivated with great care, all year round. They use simple Guyot training and remove buds for greater vigor. Soils are worked to minimize herbicide use and grass is planted to fight erosion. With these methods, they try to maintain vigor in the vines in order to harvest healthy and well balanced grapes. In their own words, "We cannot make a good wine with bad grapes."

Vintages & Accolades

Vintage Blend Accolades
2015 100% Sauvignon Blanc 91 WE | 92 IWR
2014 100% Sauvignon Blanc 90 IWR
2014 100% Sauvignon Blanc 90 IWR

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