Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Blanc 2020

The 2020 vintage of this stunning Sancerre gets us back to what I absolutely love about this region. After the warmer, riper 2018 and 2019 vintages we are back to intelse focus, crisp acidity, and brilliant minerality. This is the best since 2017, and probably 2014 before that. Break out the sushi, all kinds of oysters and shellfish, aand mild fish and enjoy Sancerre at its best.

"As Jacqueline Friedrich opened her description of Domaine Vacheron in her recently-released book on the Sancerre/Pouilly region, ‘Here is a domaine that goes from strength to strength. And shows no signs of stopping.” European Cellars



Country: France

Region: Loire Valley

Appellation: Sancerre

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Terroir: 30-50 year old vines on Flint, Limestone, and Marl soils (Silex and Caillottes), at an altitude of 300 meters.

Winemaking: Demeter Certified Biodynamic, Hand-Harvested, Natural Yeast Fermentation and aged 4 months in tank.

“Domaine Vacheron is one of Sancerre’s elite properties, producing both white and red Sancerre of amazing purity and definition. The domaine has been completely transformed over to biodynamic farming (certified by Biodyvin in 2005) with two young cousins, Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron, at the helm. No synthetic material is used in the vineyard, harvests are carried out exclusively by hand, and the only fertilizer used is produced from the compost pile. Yields are kept extremely low. Having inherited some of the most coveted parcels in the appellation (and being smart about current land purchases), the cousins are trying a Burgundian approach to Sancerre winemaking, with parcels being vinified by terroir and blends varying from year to year.

Vacheron is primarily a “silex” producer. Silex (flint) is found primarily in the eastern part of the appellation (and also across the river in Pouilly Fumé) and almost all of Vacheron’s holdings are on this hard, minerally soil type. Flint produces vertical, long-aging Sancerre bottlings and the Vacheron boys’ biggest aim is to let this shine. The “basic” Sancerre blanc from the property comes from vines planted on the fault line between silex and caillottes (hard shards of limestone)." European Cellars


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