Domaine Yves Martin is a small family run estate with 8.5 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc in the famed “Chavignol” site and 3 hectares of Pinot Noir. They farm each parcel of their land sustainably and adapt a method of cultivation specific to each sites needs. The vines grow in each of the two famous terroirs of Chavignol “caillottes”, which is very stony and very chalky and also the “terres blanches”, which is mainly composed of clay and limestone. The result is a mineral-laden, refreshing blanc with citrusy lime notes and a lingering finish.
Sancerre Chavignol 2011
"The 2011 Sancerre from Yves et Pierre Martin is a lovely wine, offering up a deep andcomplex nose of lime zest, green apple, gooseberry, hard limestone, cut grass, citrus peel and abit of white pepper in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and fairlycrisp, with a fine core of fruit, a very primary personality at the moment and very good lengthand grip on the bright, but not particularly snappy finish. This is a beautifully made wine, but inthe context of so many nervy 2010 Sancerres, this comes across as just a touch gentle instructural terms, despite its impressive depth and nascent complexity."
John Gilman, View from the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2012
Review Score: 90
"Bony at first, with talcum powder and chive notes up front, turning richer as it moves along, letting lime zest and salted butter notes fill in, with a long, flinty finish. Drink now through 2013."
James Molesworth,Wine Spectator, 9/30/2011 Web
Review Score: 89