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Sancerre Wines

Located in the Eastern section of the Loire Valley, the Sancerre Wine Region is dominated by plantings of Sauvignon Blanc. The white wines of the region tend to be sleekly structured with acidity and citrus, mineral and herb aromatics. While the white wines are renown, the Sancerre AOP also produces light Pinot Noir-based reds and rosés; these, however, are more rare than the whites. With Sancerre’s three distinct soil types—Terres Blanches, Caillottes, and Silex—a multitude of wine styles exist. Wines hailing from the calcareous-clay based Terres Blanche soils create powerful, full-bodied wines; the limestone Caillottes soils produce wines that are elegantly balanced; while the wines fashioned from the flint-rich Silex soils are often the longest-lived with a distinct gunflint quality. While styles differ, the majority of these Sauvignon Blancs are matured in stainless steel tanks or used-barrels as a means to retain varietal character. These bright whites are well-suited for seafood, white meats, goat cheese and, due to the varietal’s herbal characteristics, pair well with asparagus and artichokes. For more information and a full list of ratings, be sure to check out the Sancerre Wine Guide.

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Domaine Vacheron 2012 Les Romains Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $70
From the flint soils of Les Romains, this tight wine is full of acidity, steely minerality and a promise of future greatness. It’s powerful, concentrated and rich, with yellow fruits, toast, gorgeous acidity and a long-lasting aftertaste. Drink from 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
95
points

Henri Bourgeois 2012 Jadis Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

  1. $55
From selected, sunny parcels of vines, it’s powered by its citrus and pear fruits along with an intensely mineral texture and supreme concentration. It’s a Sancerre to keep, still young and gawky, best drunk from 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
95
points

Henri Bourgeois 2011 Sancerre Jadis Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $50
The wine abounds with intensity, richness and power as well as mouthwatering freshness. It is very ageworthy and certainly the most impressive wine from Henri Bourgeois, a tour de force of Sauvignon Blanc.  — R.V.  (4/1/2014)
94
points

Domaine Vincent Delaporte 2013 Monts Damnés Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

  1. $62
From the intensely steep Monts Damnés vineyard, this wine is rich and full of ripe tropical and citrus fruits, with a tight line in steely minerality. It’s still too structured and firm, so drink from 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
94
points

Domaine Vacheron 2012 Chambrates Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

  1. $70
This opulent, ripe wine comes from a single vineyard. It has a rich texture, with dense yellow and apple fruits that are allied to a more citrus, gooseberry and lemon character. It rolls around the mouth with a smooth, satisfying aftertaste.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
94
points

Domaine Vacheron 2012 Guigne-Chèvres Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $70
One of the impressive range of single-vineyard wines from Vacheron, this is massive and dense, its acidity and citrus flavors masked by the ripe yellow fruits and opulent texture. The structure comes in with a firm showing of steeliness that suggests the wine could still age. Wait until 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
94
points

Domaine Vacheron 2012 Le Paradis Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

  1. $70
The challenge is not drinking this gorgeous wine, but just lifting the bottle. Once in the glass, the wine is rich, superripe and still elegant. It’s a fine mix of yellow fruits, crisp green and citrus fruits and a tight, intense texture. Hold until 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
94
points

Michel Redde et Fils 2012 Les Bois de Saint-Andelain Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

  1. $38
Silex, a flinty soil, is commonly found around the village of Saint-Andelain. It gives a wine that is all about minerality, very textured and tight when young. This full wine shows considerable tightness, nervy acidity and a crisp, zesty character. It’s a wine to age for a few more years; drink from 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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