Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Les Romains (750ml)
Domaine Vacheron has been a certified biodynamic property since 2005 and thrives under the helm of cousins Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron. They produce premium wines from both inherited and purchased plots in the Sancerre appellation. They take a Burgundian approach to winemaking, by vinifying according to parcels and blending according to vintage. Their vineyards are primarily on Silex (flint) which is found in the eastern part of the appellation and in Pouilly Fume. Their basic Sancerre bottling comes from vines planted on flint and limestone.
This is one of the most age worthy and powerful wines of the appellation, the first vintage dates back to 1997. The grapes where planted over 60 years ago by the winemaker’s father on silex (flint) soils on a south facing slope. This silex soil is rich in fossilized materials that contribute minerality and smokiness to the wine. The grapes are hand harvested and the fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in older French barriques. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aromas of crisp pears, lemon zest, wildflowers. The palate tastes of stone fruit and citrus, with a finish that echoes the terroir’s smoke and seasalt notes. Complex and very age-worthy.
Domaine Vacheron is surely one of the highlights in the Sancerrois. Lead by Jean-Dominique and his cousin Jean-Laurent, the family domaine produces a range of different single vineyard Sancerres in white, red and pink that reflects not just the rich variety of the terroirs in the region, but the concept of the cousins who seem to demonstrate that the Sancerreois is no less fascinating than the Côte d’Or. In fact, the rich and powerful whites (38 of the 50 hectares are planted with Sauvignon Blanc) belong to the best Sancerres you can find, especially when you have the patience to give the crus the time they need to develop. – Stephan Rheinhart