First things first. Red Sancerre is like no other Pinot Noir on the planet. Grown in a very cool climate in limestone-rich soils, it has a brightness and a minerality all its own. In warmer years, they offer some astonishing fruit to balance their liveliness.
Located in Bue (neighbor to Sylvain Bailly and Vieux Pruniers, two other Sancerre favorites at The Wine Country), Domaine Auchere has been a family estate for generations. In addition to the better known white Sancerre (made from Sauvignon Blanc), the rarer red Sancerre is 100% Pinot Noir. The nose opens with pure minerality and hints of smoke and red fruit. The palate bursts in red currants and black cassis, balanced by sharp acidity and supple tannins. This wine is refreshing with a long finish. The estate recommends serving their red with grilled pork loin, lamp chops and hard cheeses.