Winegrower's portrait


Around the village of St. Gemme is located a beautiful 17th century property. At its centre radiates a majestic castle, the Nozay. Acquired by the De Benoist family at the end of the 19th century, the area became a vineyard in 1971 when Philippe and Marie-Helène decided to plant vines.

Today, 15 hectares of Sauvignon surround the castle. This isolated and preserved environment is an exception in the Sancerre region. Cyril de Benoist, aware of his privilege, applies himself to extracting its quintessence. After gaining experience at Bouzeron with his uncle Aubert de Villaine, the current co-manager of the legendary Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, he joined the family estate in 1991.

Careful of whatever he does, the meticulous winegrower fights precisely against the parasites of the vine carved according the "poulsard" method. His work of soils is intense (chaser, interceps, legumes, genody...) Constantly listening to his vineyard, he seeks to understand its soil to better support it. In his cellar, surprisingly dug into a north exposed mound, he vinifies his wines in the traditional way.

Each plot is separated in a stainless stell vat of cylindrical shape with the following names : Terres Blanches, Plante Froide, Paradis, Marâtre,Vallée du Nozay. The Nozay estate remains a family winery, isolated in a haven of peace and tranquility.

The wine made there is totally like him.

Domain's presentation

Family estate since 1971

Location : Saint Gemme en Sancerrois

Area : 15 hectares

Use of the vineyard : organic farming since 2011 and biodynamic certified in 2018

Grape : Sauvignon

Vinifications : indigeous yeasts, natural fermentation with no intrants, ageing in amphoras / barrels / stainless steel vats, light sulphiting at bottling


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Press review and awards

Guide vert de la Revue des Vins de France 2023 (93/10 Dolium 2020 - 92/100 Le Baron - 91/100 Plante froide 2021 - 91/100 La Marâtre 2021 - 90/100 Le Paradis)

Bettane et Desseauve 2022, Guide Hachette...

WINE ENTHUSIAST 2020 (93/100 Clos 2017 - 92/100 Château 2017 - 90/100 Domaine 2017)

Reportage sur France 3 (25 sept 2020), Glouglou média (juin 2020)

Le Monde (Clos du Nozay 2017), Le Figaro (Juillet 2019), Le Gout des Couleurs (juin 2020), RVF (Clos du Nozay 2017 16/20)

Médaille d'or Challenge International du Vin 2017 +  Concours mondial Sauvignon 17-18 + médaille d'or CWSA 2015

94/100 Decanter WWA 2016