Domaine du Nozay Sancerre is a firm favourite with Corney & Barrow customers and staff. Our association with Philippe de Benoist, who founded Domaine du Nozay in 1970, came about as a result of Corney & Barrow’s close relationship with Aubert de Villaine, owner of legendary Burgundy property Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and also Philippe’s brother-in-law. Given the connection, it will come as no surprise that Domaine du Nozay’s winemaking philosophy is similarly meticulous, 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.