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The white wines of Sancerre are a springtime favorite, perfect for dusting off the patio furniture. Located on the eastern edge of the Loire Valley in France, this appellation can yield red and rosé wines, however it is best known for its crisp white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc.
The classic white Sancerre is loaded with bright acidity and crisp minerality, with the hallmark flavors of gooseberry, lemon and flint arising in most examples. Some are made entirely in stainless steel to keep the pristine, vibrant fruit flavors front and center. Yet, there are also richer styles of Sancerre that are aged in concrete or oak barrels, which add body, texture and lend potential for aging in the cellar.
Sancerre’s zesty profile and intriguing complexity make it a great wine to pair with food. The classic pairing of goat cheese and Sancerre is a must, as the creamy, tangy nature of the cheese is a perfect patch to Sauvignon Blanc’s herbal, citrusy profile. The intensity of Sancerre also makes it a great match for shellfish dishes and tricky-to-pair vegetables like fennel and asparagus.
Alphonse Mellot 2019 Les Romains (Sancerre); $67. Buy on Wine.com. The name provides a reminder that Julius Caesar left a fort on the hill of Sancerre. This wine is rich. A mineral edge from the flint soil… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Domaine Anthony Girard 2020 La Clef du Récit (Sancerre); $35. Buy on Vivino. This wine is textured, tight with minerality and full of young white fruits. Still developing, it has good potential… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Domaine Bernard Fleuriet et Fils 2019 La Baronne (Sancerre); $39. Buy on Vivino. Wood aging in large barrels for a year has broadened this wine’s fruit and richness. A touch of spice… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Domaine Delaporte 2019 Les Monts Damnés (Sancerre); $57. Buy on Vivino. From the steep Monts Damnés vineyard, this wine is tense and structured, with a coiled power that will take time to unwind. Green fruits are framed… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Domaine Fouassier 2019 Les Chasseignes (Sancerre); $50. Buy on Vivino. Tight white fruits, floral aromas and bright, tangy acidity make this wine a trifecta. The wine has the potential… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Jean-Max Roger 2019 Cuvée Marne et Caillottes (Sancerre); $30. Buy on Vivino. In this wine, fresh fruits are crisp with acidity and tangy orange-zest flavors. A strong, youthful mineral element… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Last Updated: June 6, 2023