Domaine Vacheron Sancerre (375ML Half-Bottle) 2013 Front Label
Domaine Vacheron Sancerre (375ML Half-Bottle) 2013 Front Label

Domaine Vacheron Sancerre (375ML Half-Bottle) 2013

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375ML / 12.5% ABV
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A vibrant, 100% organic/biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc from a mix of flint and chalk soils in the heart of Sancerre. Aromas suggest grapefruit zest and gunflint; in the mouth the wine is pure and fresh, with plenty of mineral energy and citrus flavors. Indispensable with fresh oysters or young goat cheese. The Vacheron family is one of the older and certainly most respected producers of organic wines in the Loire Valley.

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How floral and delicate a Sancerre can be is proved by the regular 2013 Sancerre of the Domaine Vacheron, which is rather a dream than an unmistakable expression of Sancerre, subtle as it is. You can easily spend the evening with this flinty, Demeter-Certified AC wine by cousins Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron. Cultivated on both limestone and flint soils. It doesn't ever become very rich, but stays extremely transparent, purely mineral, refined and – remarkably long. Initially there is a fascinating chalk/flint and chamomile flavor on the nose, whereas later jasmine and elderflower notes emerge from the glass along with a dash of lime juice and grapefruit and a perfume of white fruits and blossoms. The palate starts zesty, with an amazingly austere minerality that makes you believe the wine's only ingredients are fossils and acidity. You better not go for it if you want to have a tasty Sauvignon Blanc, but you should not miss this extremely well defined Flint-Sancerre as a true and distinctive expression of the terroir at a reasonable price.
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The Vacheron vineyards are all close to the village of Sancerre itself and have been in the family for 9 generations. Today, this domaine is run by two cousins, the Messieurs Vacheron. Both have sons studying viticulture to carry on the family tradition. The vineyards cover 34 hectares with two principal soil types; "silex" and "caillotte" or chalk.

Organic viticulture has been a goal of the family for a number of years; as of 2003, the entire estate was certified organic. The following year the winery was converted completely to biodynamic agriculture--to be sure, you won't find more terroir-driven Sancerre anywhere else in the appellation. Jean-Dominique and Jean-Laurent Vacheron are ably leading the domaine to ever-loftier winemaking heights. The wines speak for themselves—always consistent, the quality of Vacheron Sancerre continues to astound.

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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.

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