Domaine du Pré Semelé
Domaine du Pré Semelé lies in a tiny valley a few miles northwest of the hilltop town of Sancerre. The estate is managed by the third generation of the family Raimbault, brothers Julien and Clément, vigneron and winemaker, respectively. They are guided by their father Rémy, who has worked their vineyards for decades with his brother Claude. This is another wonderful example of the younger generation taking over the reigns of a family estate and elevating it to a new higher level.
The refined, pure and precise 2020 Sancerre Blanc proves that a wine does not need to be full-bodied to pack concentration and intensity into its core. A lengthy period on lees has added flesh to the mid-palate, and a sinewy texture is drawn out on the medium-long finish. The 2020 is a serious Sancerre that makes you sit up and take notice. It hails from Sury-en-Vaux, in the north of the appellation, where the majority of growers send their fruit to négociants or cooperatives. This is one of a handful of excellent Sancerre producers showing that this is a village that deserves more attention. 2021 – 2027