The wine shows pure Sauvignon style - fragrant aromas of grapefruit and citrus with a waft of mineral pungency, full and round in the mouth with further fruity grapefruit and orange flavours but also almond nuttiness, supported by elegant zingy lees and acidity.
Terroir plays an important role at this estate. Michel, Philippe and Benot Girard own 19 hectares of vines planted in the three different soil structures of Sancerre: Terres Blanches (clay and limestone), Caillottes (chalky limestone) and Silex (flint). Rather than produce a range, they favour judicious blending of the separately-vinified cuves to create a delicious Sancerre they are proud to call 'Domaine Girard'.
In the Vineyard
The estate of Domaine Michel Girard comprises of 12 hectares which is made up of 30 parcels of vineyards where the average age of vines is 15 years. Terroir plays an important role in this estate where three different soil structures of Sancerre exist: Terres Blanches (limestone), Caillottes (chalky limestone), Silex (flint). The result is several cuves vinified separately each reflecting the different styles.
In the Winery
The grapes are hand-picked and gently pressed, fermented at 18C by indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats - all to preserve natural aromas, elegance and complexity. The final blend brings together these different elements and flavours to create a balanced whole wine.