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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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Henri Bourgeois 2011 Sancerre Jadis Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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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)
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Henri Bourgeois 2010 Jadis Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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One of the top wines from Henri Bourgeois, this is rich and ageworthy. Its green and white fruits push through a concentrated structure to give a dense wine with ripeness and great elegance.  — R.V.  (9/1/2012)
94
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Henri Bourgeois 2008 Jadis Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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Very rich style of wine from 50-year-old vines. It is smooth, opulent almost, packed with pure pink grapefruit along with an herbal, grassy character. Concentration is the hallmark of this fine wine.  — R.V.  (6/1/2011)
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Henri Bourgeois 2008 Le M.D. de Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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The initials refer to the vineyard of Mont Damné, the steepest vineyard in Sancerre. The wine reflects the stony character of the soil, coming through with great intensity. It is powerful, flinty, with a biting citrus character, deliciously taut and intense.  — R.V.  (8/1/2010)
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Alphonse Mellot 2006 Cuvée Edmond Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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With some wood aging, Cuvée Edmond is generally released a year later than other whites from Alphonse Mellot. The wine is beautifully rounded, a rich, complex Sauvignon Blanc that shows ripe apricots, pears, spice and sweet, luscious acidity.  — R.V.  (9/1/2009)
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Alphonse Mellot 2002 Edmond Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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Named after Alphonse Jr’s father (Edmond Alphonse), this is the top wine from the Mellot estate. With its extra bottle age and wood flavors this is not typical Sancerre. But it is a great wine, packed with ripe, mature fruits, with honey and pistachio flavors and a round, smooth, creamy, caramel character.  — R.V.  (9/1/2007)
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Henri Bourgeois 2012 La Côte de Monts Damnés Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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The near-vertical slope of the Monts Damnés produces wines that have great elegance, style and impressive richness. This 2011 is still young, needing another year to start to bring out all the complex texture and aromatics. Drink until 2020.  — R.V.  (4/1/2014)
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Henri Bourgeois 2011 Sancerre d’Antan Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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Silex is a flint and sand soil that suits Sauvignon Blanc well. This wine, with tight, nervy texture and crisp lemon character, is still fresh, full of primary citrus and gooseberry flavors. It needs until 2015 to fully integrate and show rich concentration.  — R.V.  (4/1/2014)
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