Country: France Region: Loire Valley
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2017 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Domaine Vacheron
Domaine Vacheron is a long-standing stalwart of the Sancerre appellation. Neither, however, have been left behind by the rapidly changing world of wine. Not only have the Vacheron family recently created a fascinating range of lieu-dit cuvées, as noted above, the domaine - which amounts to more than 40 hectares - was converted to biodynamics, certified by BIODYVIN, in 2005. This domaine may be a stalwart, but it is also something of a trailblazer. And, as that is never enough, I should point out that today the wines have interest, precision and quality on their side.
Ageing Potential: 5 years
The domaine cuvée is usually a blend of wines from flint and limestone terroirs, Vacheron owning quite a swathe of vineyards on flint, the least common of the three major terroirs in the appellation. The 2015 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre has a pale, pale golden hue. There are some fairly classic aromatic elements here, the nose fresh, quite pungent, certainly still grassy as per my last tasting with Denis Vacheron in February, but also showing a little more smoke and flint now, the weedy-green-fruit elements now superseded by these more interesting components. In the mouth it feels full, quite broad, very grassy and pungent just as the nose suggested, but also deep and minerally, a wine with plenty of character. It remains sappy and fresh through to the finish, and it shows some appropriate length too. This is a classic and good quality example of the appellation.
Food Matches:Shellfish / Oysters / Mussels / White Meat