Domaine Roger & Didier Raimbault

Domaine Roger & Didier Raimbault Sancerre Côteline 2016

AOC Sancerre, Loire, France

100% Sauvignon Blanc | 13% ABV


We are delighted to offer this French white wine from Loire, made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes. This wine is their 'cru', produced from a single vineyard with 40º slopes. Poor in topsoil but rich in minerals, the vineyard produces more powerful wine. Côteline is a more unique expression of Sancerre, with its ageing in larger oak casks it has one foot in Sancerre, and the other in Burgundy.

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Complex, mineral-driven wine with notes of dried pineapple, preserved lime, peaches, smoky flint and brioche.

Service: Serve at 8 to 10 °C.

Food Pairing: Excellent with appetizers, white meat, fish accompanied by a sauce, and cheese.

The winemaker Didier Raimbault took over the vineyard business from his father Roger in 1996 and has been instrumental in their growth.

Based in Verdigny, the Raimbault family has been making wine from the Sancerre region since the mid-17th century, though its most important history only began in 1960. With only 2 hectares, a horse, and a small tribe of goats, the family cultivated their grapes by hand. In 1966, Roger bought their first tractor and was able to add to their land. Little-by-little vineyard land was acquired and finally attained 6.5 hectares by 1996 when his son Didier joined him. Though they work 17.5 hectares over an incredible 51 different parcels today, they never lost sight of creating more artisanal wines. Today, they produce 3 whites from Sauvignon Blanc as well as two reds and a rosé from Pinot Noir.

This wine comes from vines grown on one of the oldest hillsides in Sancerre; a very steep southeast- facing slope known as “cotelin”. The terroir, derived from different geological eras, is composed of poor soil, mainly clay-limestone with a stony topsoil.

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The Raimbault family vineyard, with a lineage of grape cultivation spanning ten generations, demonstrates an environmentally conscious approach to viticulture. Over the decades, this estate has transitioned from a modest 2 hectares worked by hand and horse, to a significant 17.5 hectares across 51 different parcels, by enjambeur tractor. Their practice of reasoned viticulture, or Lutte raisonnée, respects the natural expression of terroir while conscientiously maintaining the vines. Soil management varies strategically across the vineyard, with two-thirds cultivated and one-third grass-covered to prevent erosion, especially on steeper slopes. Fertilisation is tailored based on soil analysis and vine vigour, ensuring nutrient applications are precise and considered. The Raimbaults do make limited selective interventions against diseases, treating vines when there's a genuine threat.

White | Still | 75cl | 13% ABV

Recognition: Vintage 2019 - Wine Enthusiast: 93pts

Cellaring: Drinking well now, can be cellared for 8 years.

Vinification: The vinification, partially in 500 L barrels, results in a wine which is subtly crafted by the harmonious trilogy of the magnificent Sauvignon grape, exceptional terroir and a hint of oak.

  • Vegan - Independently Certified

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