Domaine Vacheron 2016 Sancerre Blanc "Les Romains" , Loire Valley
Domaine Vacheron 2016 Sancerre Blanc "Les Romains" , Loire Valley

Domaine Vacheron 2016 Sancerre Blanc "Les Romains" , Loire Valley

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The Vacherons without question are Sancerre’s leading winemaking clan. From the family’s pioneering work in identifying and exploring the region’s top terroirs to their leading position in biodynamic viticulture, there are few if any artisans today in Sancerre as exacting or as respected.  The estate’s peerless older vines, planted and cultivated by generations of family members, are cared for fastidiously.  Yet it is the their single vineyard wines, like ‘Les Romains’—terroir-based selections recalling the painstaking work of Burgundian monks in the Côte d’Or—that have shown the world the heights and complexity that Sancerre can reach.

 

Founded in 1900, Vacheron is now led by cousins Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron who serve as winemakers.  The 100% Sauvignon Blanc is among the most accomplished in the world.  This "Les Romains" bottling is a single-vineyard offering from 40+ year old vines planted by their fathers, grown in silex and fossilized soil to give the wine a taste of minerality and smokiness.  Hand-harvested, fermented on indigenous yeasts and aged in older French barrique, this wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

 

Aromas of crisp pears, lemon zest, wildflowers. Stone fruit and citrus, with a finish that echoes the terroir’s smoke and seasalt notes. Complex and very age-worthy.  The winery suggests pairing with rich seafood, white meats and cream sauces.

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