Few wine regions in France can match the Loire for its combination of sheer natural beauty, fine châteaux and pristine wines of terroir. It is here that Sauvignon Blanc reaches its apogee in the appellations of Sancerre. Sancerre’s hilltop exposition lies on the famous Kimmeridgian limestone clay. Flinty, fresh and energetic, the Sauvignon Blanc from here remains a world benchmark which has a cult following in the face of the completely different style emanating from the same grape in NZ or Australia.
The StarDozen consists of the following:
3 bottles Domaine Thomas Le Pierrier Sancerre 2017
3 bottles Domaine Pascal Reverdy Sancerre Terre de Maimbray 2018
3 bottles Domaine Christian Salmon Sancerre 2018
3 bottles Domaine Roland Tissier Sancerre 2018
Domaine Thomas Le Pierrier Sancerre 2017
100% Sauvignon Blanc. Domaine Thomas is run by the ninth generation of the family. Jean and his wife Ginette own 13 hectares at Verdigny, mostly planted to Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas and flavours of bright citrus fruit, with hints of gooseberry and freshly cut grass. It’s light-bodied, with a mineral note on the finish. This is Sancerre at its flinty, minerally and racy best. Very clean, fresh and flavoursome wine at a moderate 12.5% alcohol. This is as Sancerre should be – absolutely fresh and unadulterated by oak.
Domaine Pascal Reverdy Sancerre Terre de Maimbray 2018
This is the very latest vintage, currently still in cuvée, and I expect it will be bottled some time around April 2018. Aromatically it commences with a very fresh, open, saline character. The palate shows a real elegance and polish, lightly leafy white peaches underpinned by a gentle bed of acid fruits, and a lovely chalky-mineral substance to it as well. This is very good indeed. Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor
Domaine Christian Salmon Sancerre 2018
Grapes grown on the clay-limestone slopes of Bué. Brilliant very pale straw colour with a light greenish tinge around the edges and watery hue. The nose offers up scents of lime, green apple and passionfruit as top notes followed by some citrus. The palate possesses flavours of lime and green apple followed by a touch of grassiness finishing dry with some mineral and dried herb infusions on the back palate. Aftertaste of dried herbs, lime, green apple and mineral.
Domaine Roland Tissier Sancerre 2018
100% Sauvignon Blanc from vines with an average age of 30 years. A little bit of hedgerow the only herbaceous note on a restrained and pure nose that is mostly fruit and mineral: a bit of green apple and lemon, gooseberry with that typical impression of wet stone and a sense of roundedness (creamy lees). Dry and restrained as it goes in, too – a sense of firmness to the fruit, with good intensity of flavour and it has nice contours without being sharp at all (again, perhaps some lees-induced softening). Lime, apple and blackcurrant on the palate, which has clear hints of flint and smoke; highly typical in that regard. A little chalky phenolic bite on the finish and a pleasant hint of leaf there, with mouthwatering - but not harsh - citrusy acidity. Very pure, pretty good length.
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