Domaine du Pré Semelé

Sancerre Blanc Le Cotelin – 2021

Region: France - Loire

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 Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Vineyard Area: 1 acre
  • Soils: Portlandian limestone with Kimmeridgian limestone subsoil
  • Exposure: Southeast
  • Age of vines: 50 years
  • Planting Density: 2600 vines/acre
  • Yield: 40 hl/ha
  • Organic vineyard management since 2018
  • Soils plowed, grass cover crops between rows
  • No chemical herbicides, insecticides or anti-rot products
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into 55 lb crates
  • 3.5 hour gentle pressing, each lot vinified separately
  • 48 hours cold stabilization at 46ºF
  • Fermented with neutral yeasts and aged in temperature controlled 600 liter casks for 12 months
  • Aged on fine lees
  • Fined with bentonite (natural clay)
  • Cellulose filtered and bottled
Winemaker's Notes

“Le Cotelin” is a sunny terroir that yields a rich, complex wine with gorgeous volume and a balanced finish with excellent cellaring potential.

Serve with grilled fish, white meat, or goat cheeses.

Wine Summary

100% Sauvignon Blanc; alcohol 13%; grown in Portlandian limestone with Kimmeridgian limestone subsoils; 50 year old vines; organic vineyard management since 2018; hand harvested; long, gentle pressing; 48 hrs cold stabilization; fermented and aged in temperature controlled 600 liter casks; aged on fine lees 12 months; fined with bentonite and cellulose filtered before bottling.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol: 13%

General Info

Country France
Region Loire Valley
Appellation(s) Sancerre
Proprietors Rémy, Clément & Julien Raimbault
Founded 2001
Winemaker Clement Raimbault
Annual Production 7,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable