Domaine La Barbotaine’s estate is located in the village of Crézancy, a few miles southwest of the center of Sancerre.
In 1994, owner Frédéric Champault began following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather, who were also winegrowers, and began cultivating the vines alongside his family. Following his marriage to his wife, Sylvie, Frédéric extended the original property by taking over the land of his father-in-law, Lucien Dauny, who was also a winegrower at the Epinieres in the same village. Today The vineyard is composed of three different parcels of land, where the growth of Sauvignon Blanc accounts for 80% of the estate.
Domaine La Barbotaine consists of several plots of vines that are divided up amongst a variety of terroirs located close to the family’s farm. The soil structures vary between limestone, clay-limestone, pebbly-limestone, and red soils. The diversity of soils allows for the separation of distinct parcels throughout the winemaking process. By carefully vinifying these soils separately, the Champault family are able to add character to the final wine while respecting its diverse terroir. The average age of the vines on the property is 20 years. Frédéric Champault cultivates the vineyard with full respect for the environment, using organic practices wherever possible.
The wines at Domaine La Barbotaine are vinified using a combination of modern and traditional techniques. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks in a newly renovated cellar on the property. Following fermentation, the wine ages on fine lees for two months prior to bottling. The aging on the lees gives the wine both body and finesse, allowing for a softer, more subtle character. The final product is a Sancerre that is medium plus in body with notes of ripe, red apples and hints of lemon on both the nose and palate. The richness that is achieved from the maturation process is balanced by the wine’s chalky minerality and mouthwatering acidity.