Great minerality typical of Sancerre. Crisp and bright with flavors of topical fruit and citrus.
Nicolas Idiart is a passionate young winemaker producing small-batch, artisanal wines from the Loire Valley. The youngest-ever graduate of Bordeaux's prestigious Ecole du Vin, Nico worked in New Zealand, Canada and Bordeaux prior to retiring to the Loire. He sources fruit from many of the area's top growers and uses only native yeasts and first-run juice to produce accessibly-priced gems that are true to their terror.
Idiot Loire Sancerre is crafted from grapes grown on 30-year old vines in Vinon, southwest of the village of Sancerre. The vines are planed at an altitude of 700 feet in gravelly, chalky Oxfordian limestone soils known as "caillottes". Upon reaching optimum maturity, the grapes undergo skin-maceration which is carried out under inert gas to protect the berries and the musts from oxidation. They are then fermented in stainless steel vats and left on full lees, stirred 2-3 times a week. Prior to bottles, the final blend is fined and cold stabilized.