Most producers can only dream of an “entry-level” wine that's this good. The 2020 Sancerre is a touch flinty on the nose right now, and offers pure fruit reminiscent of gooseberry, nettle and boxwood. This has a certain ease to it, conveying a mellow texture within its light-bodied frame.
Drink 2021 - 2028
Rebecca Gibb MW, vinous.com (Aug 2021)
This rich wine also shows great style and balance. Dense white fruits with a young herbal element are helped by tangy acidity. The wine has potential, so wait to drink until 2023. Organic and biodynamic.
Roger Voss, winemag.com (Jan 2022)
About this WINE
Domaine Vacheron is a certified organic and biodynamic estate in Sancerre. Cousins Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron represent the fourth generation of their family here. The team produce a range of whites, including single-vineyard expressions and barrel-aged examples with strong ageing potential.
They also make red wines from Pinot Noir, which are light in body and with a bright red-fruit profile.
An important white grape in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley that has now found fame in New Zealand and now Chile. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux and is blended with Sémillon to produce fresh, dry, crisp Bordeaux Blancs, as well as more prestigious Cru Classé White Graves.
It is also blended with Sémillon, though in lower proportions, to produce the great sweet wines of Sauternes. It performs well in the Loire Valley and particularly on the well-drained chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where it produces bone dry, highly aromatic, racy wines, with grassy and sometimes smoky, gunflint-like nuances.
In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today many producers are rivalling Cloudy Bay in terms of quality and Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand`s trademark grape.
It is now grown very successfully in Chile producing wines that are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character. After several false starts, many South African producers are now producing very good quality, rounded fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs.