Yves Martin Sancerre Chavignol 2019 375mL
Domaine Yves Martin is a small, family-run estate with nineteen hectares of vines in the famed town of Chavignol. The winemaker, Pierre Martin, took over from his father Yves in 2005. The winery is located in the center of Chavignol and is gravity fed. Natural fermentation with spontaneous yeasts in stainless steel tanks and aged on the fine lees, lending a nice richness to the wines. The result is mineral-laden, refreshing Sancerre with citrusy lime notes and a lingering finish.
The domaine is in conversion to organic viticulture; they never use herbicides or pesticides.
Pierre Martin is making superb wines right now and he is one of the under the radar, top producers in the village of Chavignol (the Vosne-Romanée of Sancerre)... The 2019 version is excellent, exuding the blade of Kimmeridgian limestone minerality that Chavignol is rightly famous for, with a bouquet of lime, green apple, very complex minerality, gentle botanicals and a topnote of orange blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with superb soil signature, bright, snappy acids and excellent balance and grip on the long and complex finish... this is first class Sancerre and very much emblematic of Chavignol terroir. 2020-2030.
John Gilman, A View from the Cellar | 92+ JG