Grande Cuvée Sancerre J.P. Balland 2019
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Suitable for Vegans: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Food pairing: A powerful goats cheese is the order of the day here, something to complement the wine’s grassy freshness and creamy texture.
Successors of a long line of winegrowers, Jean-Paul and Magali BALLAND have, for 40 years, patiently enhanced the family estate.
Their 2 daughters, Isabelle & Elise now operate 24 hectares of Sancerre appellation (20 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc – 4 hectares of Pinot Noir).
The Domaine remains family-run. Jean-Paul is still just as passionate as ever – training Julien, Isabelle’s husband, in order to take good care of the vineyard.
Coming from a line of winegrowers dating back to the 17th century, Jean-Paul and Magali Balland handed over control in 2001 to their daughters. Isabelle, oenologist, in winemaking and Elise in sales. Julien, Isabelle’s husband, joined the Domaine in 2017 and is now in charge of the vineyard.
In the heart of France, in the department of Cher, extends a small wine-growing territory of 15 kilometers by 10. It can be represented in the form of an island with a tormented relief, bordered by the Loire to the east and dominated by the Piton de Sancerre.
Geological layers from very distant eras overlap, or even rub shoulders at the same level. In places, entire geological levels disappear. Other layers intertwine, giving rise to new heights…
In Sancerre, the roots of a vine stock thus cross layers of rock with very different characteristics, the oldest of which would have remained inaccessible without the original geological accident.
This richness is shared by three main terroirs. From west to east, these are:
– Terres Blanches
– clay-siliceous soils.
The most clayey white lands produce a complex, full-bodied and round white Sancerre that will open up with age.
150 million years old, the very stony rocks that form the “Caillottes” terroir are older. They also occupy 40% of the vineyard, between Terres Blanches and Sancerre, in Bué, Chavignol or Verdigny. They are noticeable by their coarse limestone chips, white and compact.
The clay-siliceous soils represent the smallest of the main terroirs, around 15% of the vineyard. Its clayey rocks are the thinnest and youngest layers of Sancerrois. They contain flint which has the property of continuously warming the vines. This terroir is found at the top and on the slopes of the great hills of eastern Sancerrois, notably in Sancerre, Saint-Satur, Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre and Bannon