Domaine du Nozay

Domaine du Nozay

Family estate since 1971
Location : Saint Gemme en Sancerrois
Area : 15 hectares
Use of the vineyard : official conversion to organic farming in 2011
and biodynamic certified in 2018 - manual and mechanical harvests -
Grape : Sauvignon

Domaine du Nozay

Profile of the winegrower

Around the village of St. Gemme is located a beautiful 17th century property. At its centre radiates a majestic castle, the Nozay. Acquired by the De Benoist family at the end of the 19th century, the area became a vineyard in 1971 when Philippe and Marie-Helène decided to plant vines. Today, 15 hectares of Sauvignon surround the castle. This isolated and preserved environment is an exception in the Sancerre region. Cyril de Benoist, aware of his privilege, applies himself to extracting its quintessence. After gaining experience at Bouzeron with his uncle Aubert de Villaine, the current co-manager of the legendary Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, he joined the family estate in 1991. Careful of whatever he does, the meticulous winegrower fights precisely against the parasites of the vine carved according the "poulsard" method. Its work of soils is intense (chaser, interceps, legumes,...) Constantly listening to his vineyard, he seeks to understand its soil to better support it. In his cellar, surprisingly dug into a north exposed mound, he vinifies his wines in the traditional way. Each plot is separated in a stainless stell vat of cylindrical shape with the following names : Terres Blanches, Plante Froide, Paradis, Marâtre,Vallée du Nozay. The Nozay estate remains a family winery, isolated in a haven of peace and tranquility. The wine made there is totally like him.



Wines estate

Sancerre white :
Cuvée Domaine du Nozay (Terres Blanches)
Cuvée Château du Nozay (Vieilles Vignes)
Cuvée Clos du Nozay (Amphore)

Press review and awards :

- WINE ENTHUSIAST 2020 (93/100 Clos 2017 - 92/100 Château 2017 - 90/100 Domaine 2017)
- RVF 2018 (14,5-15/20)
- gold medal Challenge International du Vin 2017
- 94/100 Decanter WWA 2016
- gold medal Concours mondial Sauvignon 17-18

- gold medal CWSA 2015
- Prowein France 2013 (excellent)

- Bettane et Desseauve 2012 (15.5)
- Guide Hachette


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Website of the winegrower :

Organic / biodynamic certified

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