Domaine Emile Balland, Loire

 

 

Domaine Emile Balland; A View from the Top

Emile Balland is a tall man. Perhaps it’s seeing the world from such a physically elevated position that allows him to take the long view when it comes to his vineyards and wine making. Standing at the top of his steep 0.8 hectare vineyard in Sancerre, looking out onto the rest of the appellation, you get a feeling of exhilaration from the beauty of the view. Or maybe it’s just being out of breath. While Emile ran up this slope in steady, long strides, the rest of us trudged up behind him huffing and puffing. Cecille, Emile’s wife, just shook her head and laughed at the good-natured show off she married.

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Technical Sheet

Country: Region: Appellation: Producer: Year Founded: Annual Production Total: Farming: Harvest Method: Total Estate Size:
France Loire Sancerre and Coteaux du Giennois Domaine Emile Balland 2000 3,000 cases Lutte raisonnée Manual 9 ha

Technical Table

Wine Name Varieties Average Vine Age Soil Vineyard Area Elevage Filteration Fining
Coteaux du Giennos Rouge ‘Les Beaux Jours’ 70% Pinot Noir 30% Gamay 17 years old Calcareous sub-soil with silex and clay 4 ha 6 months on less in tank Yes No
Coteaux du Giennois Blanc ‘Les Beaux Jours 100% Sauvignon Blanc 17 Years Old Calcareous sub-soil with silex and clay 4 ha 6 months on less in tank Yes No
Sancerre ‘Croq Caillotte’ 100% Sauvignon Blanc 14 years old Clay and limestone with large white stones 0.9 ha 6 months on less in tank Yes No
Coteaux du Giennois Rosé ‘Les Beaux Jours’ 80% Gamay 20% Pinot Noir 17 Years Old Calcareous sub-soil with silex and clay 4 ha 6 months on less in tank Yes No
Sancerre ‘La Pente’ 100% Sauvignon Blanc 14 Years Old clay, limestone, large stones 0.4 ha 1/3 of the wine is fermented and aged in used oak,
the other 2/3 in tanks. Aging for six months.