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48 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 { variety viewpoint } PASCAL JOLIVET'S SAUVIGNON BLANCS REFLECT THE LOIRE VALLEY'S VIVID EXPRESSIONS OF SANCERRE AND POUILLY FUMÉ by Meridith May AFTER TASTING THROUGH more than a dozen ex- amples of thrilling white wines—their acidity like a whip, a tightrope, and a fine thread weaving and sparking on the tongue—you begin to understand the nature of Domaine Pascal Jolivet. Winemaker Valentina Buoso joined Jolivet in 2013 after accumulating years of experience in Italy, Califor - nia, Chile, Oregon, Australia, and New Zealand. She says she considers herself "passive" when it comes to her signature style, meaning she allows the fruit to develop its own natural potential and avoids the use of both chemicals to clarify the juice or cultured yeast to activate fermentation. "A shared philosophy was clear when [founder Pascal Jolivet] and I first met," she ad - mits. "We have the same points of view concerning the respect of nature and the grape—we like to make wine with the aim to allow the terroir to express itself." Native yeast–fermented Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé define the character—and the category—of Pascal Jolivet's wines. Truly, Profoundly, Sancerre-ly PHOTOS COURTESY OF FREDERICK WILDMAN & SONS Limestone soils and calcareous rocks line the terrain of the Les Caillottes vineyard.

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