The Classic Style of Sancerre

The Classic Style of Sancerre

I make no apology for including one of my favourite whites in this month's selection, Sancerre is located at the eastern end of the Loire Valley and on the western banks of the river opposite its illustrious neighbour Pouilly-Fume. Whites from this region are always made from Sauvignon Blanc, but unlike the Sauvignons from New Zealand, the grape does not appear on the label.

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Our trading relationship with Etienne Daulny predates my arrival at Weavers. I have always loved his delicate approach to winemaking, so much so that his wine even graced my Wedding Breakfast back in 2001.

Etienne Daulny owns 15 hectares of vines (37 acres) which are divided into about 50 different plots. The soil types in these plots differ greatly and help to provide the complexity found in Sancerre.  Etienne combines numerous plots of varying soil types to create his regular cuvée of Sancerre.  But Daulny's 'normal' cuvée is far from normal: after all, grapes from some of the appellation’s most revered vineyards make their way into this cuvée, including old vine plantings which yield highly concentrated fruit. The wine is fermented and aged in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks which retain the Sauvignon's natural freshness and vibrancy

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