Sancerre Wine Loire, France
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Marked by its charming hilltop village in the easternmost territory of the Loire, Sancerre is famous for its racy, vivacious, citrus-dominant Sauvignon blanc. Its enormous popularity in 1970s French bistros led to its success as the go-to restaurant white around the globe in the 1980s.
While the region claims a continental climate, noted for short, hot summers and long, cold winters, variations in topography—rolling hills and steep slopes from about 600 to 1,300 feet in elevation—with great soil variations, contribute the variations in character in Sancerre Sauvignon blancs.
In the western part of the appellation, clay and limestone soils with Kimmeridgean marne, especially in Chavignol, produce powerful wines. Moving closer to the actual town of Sancerre, soils are gravel and limestone, producing especially delicate wines. Flint (silex) soils close to the village produce particularly perfumed and age-worthy wines.
About ten percent of the wines claiming the Sancerre appellation name are fresh and light red wines made from Pinot noir and to a lesser extent, rosés. While not typically exported in large amounts, they are well-made and attract a loyal French following.
Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2019Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
Domaine Sylvain Bailly Sancerre Terroirs 2018Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
Lucien Crochet Sancerre La Croix du Roy Rouge 2014Pinot Noir from Sancerre, Loire, France
Barton & Guestier Sancerre Passeport 2018Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
Alphonse Mellot La Moussiere Sancerre Rouge 2017Pinot Noir from Sancerre, Loire, France
Lucien Crochet Sancerre Pinot Rose 2019Rosé from Sancerre, Loire, France