Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2019 (Loire Valley, France)
Pascal Jolivet initially ran a négociant business out of a cellar in Pouilly-sur-Loire before starting a domaine called Le Grand Vins du Val in 1982. By 1987 the business had taken on Pascal’s name and he quickly built a name for himself due to the quality of his wines. Today the estate has around 28 hectares of vineyards covering the three terroirs of the region. 50% are on caillottes, the chalky soils typical in the region. 30% lie on the famous Kimmeridgian marls or terres blanches; soils dominated by limestone and clay. And the remaining 20% lie on silex or flint. The lieu-dit wines from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé in particular, are stunning.