Domaine du Nozay | Sancerre, France
Domaine du Nozay was founded in 1970 by Philippe de Benoist, the brother-in-law to Aubert de Villaine, owner of legendary Burgundy property Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Given the connection, it will come as no surprise that Domaine du Nozay’s winemaking philosophy is similarly meticulous to those at Romanée-Conti, espousing organic methods.
The Domaine’s vineyards boast a high proportion of prized terres blanches, the chalky-clay soils rich in marine fossils which are linked to the distinctive flavours and textures of many great Sancerres. When he is not chasing wild boar (a favourite pastime), Philippe devotes his prodigious energy to managing Domaine du Nozay’s fifteen hectares of vineyards, while son Cyril handles the winemaking.