The ‘Pauline’ stands out for its finesse and its aromatic power. It offers a fine grain and elegance associated to acacia flowers, with hints of almond and quince. The bouquet is cunningly wooded, rich in fruit and full-bodied. The finish in long and persistent. This wine pairs best with foie gras, veal blanquette, scallops.
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Domaine Eric Louis traces its roots back to 1860, when Eric’s great-great-grandmother Pauline sold her wines at the local markets. Eric, a 4th generation grape grower, is a serious farmer in the commune of Thauvenay, which rises in altitude from about 150 to 300 meters above sea level and above the banks of the Loire. Eric creates lovely, serious, “real” wines from low yielding vines planted in the flint, chalk, and clay soils of the commune. Though not certified, his 18 hectares of vines are tended organically, grass is allowed to grow between the rows to hold the soil and to preserve the water, and the lunar calendar is carefully observed for the best times to perform important viticultural and oenological functions.
Most of the vineyards are around the village of Thauvenay, though there is a small production from the vineyards in neighboring Pouilly-Fumé and Quincy. Annual production is around 75,000 bottles of Sancerre Blanc, Rosé, and Rouge.
Winery/Producer: Domaine Eric Louis - Les Celliers de la Pauline
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White, dry
Origin: Sancerre, Loire Valley, France
Vinification: The grapes are grown sustainably at the highest level to maintain biodiversity in the vineyards. The grapes are hand harvested in small bins, gently pressed, cold stabilized in cooled vats, then transferred to be fermented and aged in acacia and oak barrels according to the grandfather’s tradition. Minimum SO2. Vegan friendly.
Aging: Aged in 30% acacia and 70% French oak barrels for 11 months on the lees
% ABV: 14.5%