Some grass and intriguing melon in the nose is followed by a wine with good minerality, crisp acidity and just enough richness. Very refreshing and food friendly.
The Bailly family has been synonymous with winegrowing in Sancerre since 1700. Sylvain Bailly brought Domaine Croix Saint Ursin to its greatness in the 1950s, and today, his son, Jacques, runs the estate with the help of his wife, Marie-Hélène, and their daughter Sonia, who joined the domaine as winemaker in 2007. Based in Bué, one of the Sancerre AOC’s finest communes, the Baillys farm 19 hectares spread over 23 small parcels within both Sancerre and the nearby AOC of Quincy. Among their holdings are the great vineyards of Grand Chemarin, Le Château, Les Chasseignes, and the famous Chêne Marchand—the latter of which has evolved from its original name Choix Marchand, or “Merchant’s Choice,” the first selection which the purveyors kept for themselves. The soils around Sancerre are composed of two types: chalky limestone with little top-soil from the upper hillsides, which lends an intense floral bouquet and finesse to the wines; and clay-based soils scarce in chalk but rich in topsoil, which imparts a full, rich texture and greater age-ability.