Harvested on hard limestone and flint, this wine is to drink young. Its vivacity and freshness combined with its great minerality perfectly matches rich fine foods like seafood platters and creamy pastas. Cool, fresh and delicate nose with light yellow fruit and floral notes and chalky-mineral nuances.
Created with grapes sourced from vines grown on both limestone and flint in the village of Thauvenay, which sits in the southeast of the appellation, the 2020 Sancerre Thauvenay offers a medium to full expression that caresses your palate before finishing with a structured backbone and sinewy texture. The youthful example is fresh, floral and fruity - think apples and citrus. A touch warming on the finish, somewhat shortening the length.
88 points, Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous (August 2021)
From vines on a slope above the village of Thauvenay, this wine is crisp and textured, poised between minerality and bright white fruits. A citrus layer gives great freshness. Drink from late 2022.
88 points, Wine Enthusiast (May 2022)
The Upper Loire Valley is the smallest region, yet home to it’s most famous and exported appellations: Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The region was under the influence of the Duchy of Burgundy for most of its history - and was once heavily dominated by Pinot noir. In the 19th Century, Phylloxera decimated many of the Pinot noir vineyards which were then replaced with the easier to cultivate Sauvignon Blanc. Cementing it’s reputation on the variety for a fresh, flinty, crisp white.
Sitting opposite Pouilly-sur-Loire, on the left bank and traditionally shows less ‘gunflint’ and more chalky minerality with the classic aromas of citrus, lemongrass and gooseberry. Overshadowed by the whites, Sancerre Rouge, made from Pinot Noir can be a pleasant sour cherry and plums, light to medium bodied red with crunchy acidity.