Domaine Delaporte Sancerre Silex 2021
Benchmark Silex from Sancerre – Old vines combine rich complexity to the distinctive flinty minerality for a refined experience.
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Located in the heart of the Sancerre Region in Chavignol, the Delaporte Domaine has been handed from father to son for generations since the 17th century. Through an organic approach undertaken in the last generation and judicious oak usage, their wines deliver subtlety, finesse and aromatic complexity.
Soil – The vines have a southeasterly exposure that get a great deal of sunshine. Thanks to a diversity of soils types, principally flint (50%) and limestone (50%) which deliver the remarkable and unique minerality to this wine.
Grape Variety – 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vines age – Made from old vines on Silex that are more than 50 years old
Winemaking – After the grapes reach their peak maturity in October, they are picked by hand and then sorted into boxes. The grapes are put in whole bunches into the pneumatic press, where the pressing is done in a gentle and slow manner in order to obtain a clear juice of the highest quality. This juice is then put in to barrels of 2000 liters.
It remains between 8 and 12 months, during which it will undergo fermentation and a period of resting on lees.
Pale gold in colour, the Silex Blanc is an elegant embodiment of sauvignon blanc characteristic of the Sancerre region, with a nose of little white flowers. In the mouth it is silky, round and delicate, with a pleasing richness and complexity on the back palate. It has a good balance between alcohol and acidity levels in the mouth, marked with mellow notes of wood (acacia, well-ripened exotic fruits, with minerals in the background). Balance and refinement are the underpinnings of the Cuvée Silex.
Blue Lifestyle – 96 points
Fresh, spicy, mineral inflected nose, silky and rich; with deep flavors of crisp acidity, vanilla, and spice; a dramatic and elegant example of how brilliant a great Sancerre can be.
Wine Enthusiast – 93 points
As its name indicates, this wine comes from vines planted on flinty soil. Aged in 500-gallon wooden barrels, the wine has just the merest indication of wood flavors along with a lightly oxidative character that makes it very attractive. The wine is ready to drink. 1/1/2020
Jancis Robinson – 17 /20
“Finer and more mineral than the Chavignol cuvee. Really long and rich but bone dry.”
Wine Spectator – 92 points
This is alluring, with light whiffs of paraffin and straw leading off, followed quickly by racy lemon peel, gooseberry and white peach flavors. Shows a light thyme echo through the fresh, racy finish.