2012 Jean Max Roger Sancerre Les Caillottes
A light, elegant and refreshing Sancerre.
The Roger family have practised their trade in and around village of Bué since the early 17th century. Jean-Max Roger took the reins in the early 1970s and expanded the estate's Sancerre holdings from 4 hectares to its current 26. Beginning in 2004, two of his three sons, Etienne and Thibault, came back to work at the estate, ensuring this fine maker continues as a passionate, quality focused, family business.
The family's vineyards within the Sancerre appellation are located in the communes of Bué, Sancerre, and the hamlets of Amigny, Crézancy and Vinon. These plantings include three of the most famous vineyards - Le Grand Chemarin, Le Chêne Marchand and La Poussie - made up of “caillottes” (small calcified stones) “terres blanches” (maritime lime and clay soils like those found in Chablis) and some "griottes" (softer calcified stones). "Les Caillottes" is as the name suggests, the selection of grapes from the Caillottes terroirs on the estate, which have made the Sancerre wines so famous around the world.
Brilliant pale straw colour with a light greenish tinge around the edges and watery hue. Lime top notes are followed by some grassiness, dried herbs and green apple. Light with an elegant mouthfeel the palate has flavours of lime and green apple intermixed with some grassy dried herb like characters followed by a touch of minerality on the back palate. Crisp dry finish. Aftertaste of green apple, lime and dried herbs.
Drink over the next 1-2 years (2014-2016).