Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Geography: Loire Valley, France
This is a classical, balanced, elegant, blended Sancerre hailing from two different parts of the same hillside slope in the village of Sury-en-Vaux. Vines from the lower part of the slope bring fresh bright fruity Caillottes chalk pebble soil character, while vines from the upper part of the hill deliver the richer fuller more savory notes of the Terres Blanches clay and limestone mix. The Lauverjats work the land sustainably and cleverly use seaweed as a natural deterrent to pests and disease in the vineyards - a nod to the ancient marine history of the land below them.
This is everything you crave in a Sancerre - poise, beauty, gently tart lemon and citrus, fresh green grass, nettles, salty sea and chalky earthy notes. It’s all there in the fabulous hands of the talented Karine Lauverjat. She is one of the rare female winemakers in Sancerre. This is the very well-composed 2019 vintage which should prove to have a long life ahead if you choose to wait a few years or buy a few extra bottles to try later.
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