Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Blanc
WINERY: Domaine Vacheron
WINEMAKERS: Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron (cousins)
REGION: FRANCE • Loire Valley • Sancerre
APPELLATION: Sancerre AOC
BLEND: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
VINEYARDS: Sourced from hillside vineyards around the town of Sancerre, with a mix of chalk and flint (silex) soils. About 20% of the blend is wine from a selection of single-vineyard plots, which gives more complexity (also some wood influence, as the domaine’s single-vineyard Sancerre Blanc wines are aged in larger wooden casks).
AGE OF VINES: 30 to 50 years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in a combination of cement and stainless steel tank; aged in tank. Unfiltered.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Salads with Loire Valley regional goat cheese; oysters or other fresh shellfish.
Wine Enthusiast – “This rich wine also shows great style and balance. Dense white fruits with a young herbal element are helped by tangy acidity. The wine has potential, so wait to drink until 2023. Organic and biodynamic.” (92 Pts)
Vinous – “Most producers can only dream of an “entry-level” wine that’s this good. The 2020 Sancerre is a touch flinty on the nose right now, and offers pure fruit reminiscent of gooseberry, nettle and boxwood. This has a certain ease to it, conveying a mellow texture within its light-bodied frame.” (90 Pts)