Dom. Vincent Delaporte Sancerre 2015
Our estate is located in Sancerre, in the center of the tiny, famous and very pretty village of Chavignol, 2 hours south of Paris.
The Delaporte family has been established in the heart of the Sancerre region since the 17th century. The estate has been handed down from father to son over several generations. Each generation has made advances in the vinification process and added to the renown of our wines.
Today our estate covers 24 hectares of vines with an annual production is of about 200,000 bottles. 50% of our production goes overseas, mainly to the USA, UK and Japan, while the other half is bought by private customers and restaurants.
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.