Domaine Jean Thomas
This small, family owned, 9ha estate, is run by 9th generation Jean and Ginette Thomas, along with their son Julien and partner Justine. The domaine is located in the village of Verdigny, with a high proportion of its vineyards located on the highly sought-after Silex soil, which produces the most aromatic and pungent crisp Sauvignons that this region is famous for. They manage the vineyards according to bio-dynamic principles and started to work towards organic certification in 2017. All being well they will gain certification in 2020. Handpicked grapes and small bunch pressing give great juice, a clarity and focus of flavour as well as a superb minerality to the wines of this domaine.
Crisp, steely and fresh with distinct grassy notes that are characterise top notch Sancerre. This wine has a little more depth and character in the mid-palate and a delicious acidity that keeps the wine fresh and interesting to the bottom of the bottle!
Perfect with grilled and poached fish, light chicken dishes or even French tapas by the side of a river and a fishing rod in your hand.
All the grapes from this bio-dynamic estate are hand picked by a skilled team who pick only the ripest and most perfect grapes at the optimum lunar time. At the winery, the grapes are sorted again, then whole bunch pressed in small 500kg batches to preserve the quality of the juice, with fermentation is small steel tanks at around 19 degrees using only natural yeasts, followed by ageing in tank and bottling in April following the harvest. There are no chemical adjustments or treatments made.
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 2019: 93/100 points.