Sylvain Bailly Sancerre 'Chêne Marchand' 2020

58.00 SGD
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Sommelier's Notes

The Domaine Sylvan Bailly is family-run wine business based in Bué, a village in the heart of the Sancerrois. Their vineyards are spread over the towns of Bué, Sancerre, Crézancy and Montigny. 


The history of the Bailly family making wine in Sancerre started about 1700. Winemakers since the XVIIIth century, generations have succeeded each other over time, defying all the difficulties of the past three centuries. After many challenging periods, the era of prosperity only commenced in 1950s, when Sylvain Bailly began to grow business and prosper. His son Jacques has been at the helm since the late 1980s.


The Bailly’s estate covers 12 hectares and is spread over 23 separate parcels. The vineyards are located mostly around the village of Bué with holdings in the famous vineyards of Chêne Marchand, Grand Chemarin, le Château and les Chasseignes. Among their holdings is the great vineyards and famous Chêne Marchand—the latter of which has evolved from its original name Choix Marchand, or “Merchant’s Choice,” which literally translates to mean “a merchant’s choice”, because it was the wines from this vineyard that the merchants kept for themselves.


Their land is made up of limestone and calcareous clay with 75% Sauvignon and 25% Pinot Noir planted. 


The soils around Sancerre are composed of two types: chalky limestone with little top-soil from the upper hillsides, which lends an intense floral bouquet and finesse to the wines; and clay-based soils scarce in chalk but rich in topsoil, which imparts a full, rich texture and greater age-ability. Domaine Croix Saint Ursin’s terroirs are sustainably farmed and composed of roughly 60% chalky soils and 40% clay-based soils. This variation enables the Baillys to grow Pinot Noir (for both red and rosé) in the clay soils and to split the Sauvignon vineyards between both the chalk and the clay-based parcels.


In 1995, the vineyard extended to the Quincy appellation. This vineyard of the Center-Loire varietal Sauvignon, allows the winery with Sancerre to offer a complete range of wines in white, red and rosé coming directly from the domain.


The Chêne Marchand comes from a single vineyard in Bué which is pure limestone.


From the famed vineyard of Chene Marchand in the village of Bue comes this sappy and racy Sancerre marked by freshness, fruit concentration, tension and beautiful balance. This cuvée is made in tiny quantities and is only made in the best years. Don't miss Bailly's top-tier Sancerre !


Ageing potential: from 3 to 6 years. 


Award:

VIVINO 4.1

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REGION: Loire Valley
Appellation: Sancerre 'Chêne Marchand'
Region: Loire Valley
Estate: Sylvain Bailly
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Did you know?: The domaine’s name refers to a crucifix erected in honor of the Saint Ursin on the property in 1877 by Mr. Ducroux-Dauny.
Specifications
Pale gold, clear and luminous
Citrus fruits, fine mineral notes, pleasing floral touch
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