Andrew Guard

2016 Sancerre Blanc 'Origine', Matthias & Emile Roblin

This wine is super fresh with zesty aromas that lead to a crisp, mineral palate with crunchy green apple and lots of bite to its juicy, persistent palate.  Very classic, superb Sancerre.  

Matthias Roblin and Emile Roblin represent the fourth generation of Roblins to make wine in Maimbray, a tiny hamlet of Sury-en-Vaux just north of the old walled, hilltop town of Sancerre.

They work extensively with lees during the élevage, Domaine Roblin’s wine is richly concentrated and textured; Maimbray the commune is known for its relatively high clay content in its chalk soils and it’s unique ‘Terres Blanches’ terroir which is identical to that of Chablis. The other two Sancerre terroirs are ‘Silex’ (Flint) which is found on the eastern side that borders Pouilly-Fumé and ‘Caillotes’ (little pebbles) that is the largest and most typical. The rare ’Terres Blanches’ makes up the famous hills of Chavignol and the Northern sectors including the Roblin’s vineyards. The wines that come from it are the most dramatic and the most profound; they are also the longest lived.

This is a very serious and talented enterprise and I look forward to tasting the wines each year with the knowledge of how much work they will be doing to improve them. This is exciting when you consider how fantastic they are already!