Brothers Matthias and Emile’s vines grow on the hillsides of Maimbray and Sury-en-Vaux in the northern sector of Sancerre. This zone is known for its terres blanches, a.k.a., Kimmeridgian Marls—white soils made of clay and marl and stones on top of Kimmeridgian limestone, and make for pointed, powerful wines that need a couple of years in bottle to show best (and indeed have the potential to age surprisingly well, but almost never are permitted to do so). Some 80+% of the vines for the Origine grow in Kimmeridgian; the remainder in Portlandian limestone (which has less clay than Kimmeridgian but more than Oxfordian). The annual production averages 5,800 cases.
The Origine is the brother’s classic bottling, and after its temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation, it stays on the lees until January or February after the harvest, and is bottled roundabout May after a light fining and filtration. We are attracted by the Origine’s elegant refinement and finesse which is derived from the ancient limestone’s influence. A great example of limestone tempering the aggressiveness of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal, while maintaining vibrant and cleansing acidity. Chalky minerality. Fresh lime, grapefruit, honeydew melon and fennel.