Domaine Girard Sancerre La Garenne 2003

Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France

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Item No. 83356
  • white wine
  • W&S91
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • W&S92

Winemaker's Notes

"The six-acre vineyard of La Garenne is steep and rocky, producing fine and elegant wines. This demonstrates a surprising restraint for a wine from the hot 2003 vintage. Its subtle, nervous tension encases and elevates the playful flavors of tangerine and passion fruit."
-Wines & Spirits

The Girards tend 12 hectares of vines in total, sell some cuvées to négociants and bottle only a portion of their production under their own name. Their La Garenne cuvée comes from a 2.5 ha vineyard of that name, a plot on a steep east-facing slope with a very rocky limestone soil. The chalky soil brings out the characteristic flinty, mineral and green notes of Sauvignon Blanc. On La Garenne's well-drained, warm slopes the grapes achieve exceptional ripeness and fruit.

The Girards counterbalance technology by practicing old-fashioned vineyard work, where herbicides and treatments are used sparingly, and by never adding commercial yeasts to induce fermentation or add flavors.

Their Sancerre is everything one hopes for: it is bright, lively, pleasantly aromatic, has zippy acidity but low astringency

Learn About Domaine Girard

The Domaine Girard is run by Fernand and Monique Girard and their son, Alain. They come from several generations of winemakers in the tiny village of Chaudoux, located a few miles northwest of the town of Sancerre and directly north of the famous hamlet of Chavignol. The Girards tend 12 hectares of vines in total, sell some cuvees to negociants and bottle only a portion of their...

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Learn About Loire

It's unfortunate that this region is so under appreciated and overlooked - the wines from the Loire Valley are outstanding. They are delicious examples of varietal and soil expression and the wide range of wines is so refreshing. Dry, sweet, sparkling, red, white… all represented here in the Loire. The main white grapes are Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds...

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Learn About Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc (so-veen-YAWN blahnk) One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire Valley of France to Marlborough in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique and delicious flavors. Notable Facts Sauvignon Blanc's home...

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