Jean-Paul Balland has handed over the running of this Sancerre domaine to his two daughters, Elise and Isabelle. Isabelle’s husband Julien joined the Domaine in 2017. Burgundy-trained oenologist Isabelle makes the wines, and Elise runs an impressively efficient office. They have some 20 hectares with fine plots on Le Grand Chemarin and Le Chêne Marchand. New impressive cellars were completed just in time for the 2015 vintage and the wines are even better! The wines of Bué are full and rich in style, the Balland wines are a classic example from this village. It is said that Jean-Paul made the best wine in the village and was one of the first in Sancerre to vinify Sauvignon Blanc in new oak: we certainly don’t believe that Isabelle is doing any less well – lovely wines.
Jean-Paul Balland Sancerre Blanc 2018
More weight and substance here than many Sauvignons. Yes it has plenty of vibrant green fruit and herbal flavours, but it has a weight and texture that stands it out above the rest. A period of aging on its lees has further added to the complexity, giving the wine a truly rounded feel.