Pré Semelé

Sancerre Blanc La Montée de St-Romble – 2018

Region: France - Loire

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: 2.4 acres / 1 ha
  • Soils: Kimmeridgian marls with Kimmeridgian limestone subsoil
  • Exposure: Northwest
  • Age of vines: 50 years
  • Planting Density: 6,500 vines/ha
  • Yield: 50 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 55lb crates
  • 3.5 hour gentle pressing, each lot vinified separately
  • 48 hours cold stabilization at 46ºF
  • Neutral yeasts
  • Fermented and aged in temperature controlled 20 hl  & 600 liter casks for 12 months
  • Aged on fine lees
  • Fined with bentonite (natural clay)
  • Cellulose filtered and bottled
Winemaker's Notes

“La Montée de St Romble” is a grand terroir. Marly soils usually yield round, rich wines, but due to this slope’s north-western exposure, the resulting wine is fresh with good acidity and boasts lovely ripe fruit. Its precise aromas and flavors make this wine the perfect match for gourmet meals as well as for dishes with character.

Wine Summary

100% Sauvignon Blanc; alcohol 13%; grown in Kimmeridgian marls 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 20 hl & 600 liter casks; aged on fine lees 12 months; fined with bentonite and cellulose filtered before bottling.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Total Acidity: 4.72 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 0.92 g/l

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