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 Rouge 2017
Jean-Paul Balland owns some 24 hectares with fine plots on Le Grand Chemarin and Le Chêne Marchand. The grapes are partly hand picked and partly mechanically harvested, then after pressing by a pneumatic press the must is fermented at a temperature as low as 15°. The wine receives no fining but has a light filtration. The wines of Bué are full and rich in style, Jean-Paul Balland’s being a classic example from this village.
Jean-Paul Balland is today aided by his oenologue and Burgundy trained daughter Isabelle and his younger daughter Elise in the office. All recent vintages are as splendid as ever and many say Jean-Paul Balland and his daughter Isabelle make the best wine in Bué.