Domaine Vacheron Sancerre (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.
“Jean-Dominique Vacheron’s white 2015 Sancerre shows a very clear and elegant white fruit aroma with elderflowers on the nose. Full-bodied, very elegant and fruit intense, but also with mineral and phenolic grip, it has a long and powerful finish. This is remarkably good, perfectly balanced Sancerre. The 2015 reflects the warm and sunny vintage as well as the elegant and complex Vacheron style. The aromatic aftertaste reveals a nice mango aroma, as well as cassis and refreshing mineral flavors.” – 90 points, The Wine Advocate
We like to think of all French wine as “rustic, country, small production” but the reality is that a large part of French wine production comes from fairly large producers making mass quantities. Regions like Sancerre are no exception; hasty pressing of the grapes, cultured yeasts to race through fermentation in big steel tanks, and rapid bottling by spring at the latest. But not with Domaine Vacheron – they farm biodynamically, hand pick in small parcels and ferment using indigenous yeasts in small oak barrels. This is not your average Sancerre, with fresh fruits leading to a powerful mineral backbone with vibrant acidity. Enjoy with fresh oysters or goats cheese.