Domaine Philippe Raimbault
Owner and winemaker Philippe Raimbault finds himself in the charmed position of owning top class vineyards that straddle both banks of the Loire River in Pouilly-Fumé and Coteaux du Giennois. His outstanding Sancerre’s are made from exceptional hand-picked fruit, grown on soils that date back 130 million years to the Jurassic period and that are perfect for producing supreme Sauvignon Blanc. In recognition of this fact, Raimbault has named his best Sancerre Apud Sariacum, the original name of the village of Sury-en-Vaux where his vineyards are situated.
The vine plant growth is slower here because of the clay content in the soil. The vines ripen more regularly and are less sensitive to climatic variations; knowing how long to wait for higher sugar content without loss of a good acidic balance is the secret here. Thus, they produce crisp Pouilly-Fumé wines, with excellent keeping potential. The aromas are delicate; they remain shy for the first few months, then develop progressively to reach fullness from about ten months onwards. These are complex aromas: fruity, floral (roses) notes, mixed with plant (narcissus) and hints of smoke.