2011 SANCERRE Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte





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    2011 SANCERRE Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte

    2011 SANCERRE Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte

    • Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
    • Colour: White
    • Village: Chavignol
    • Origin: France, Loire
    • ABV: 13%
    • Sub-district: Sancerre
    Lea & Sandeman review
    The last bottling of the year is usually the best, and this is no exception, tasting absolutely brilliant now. A full flavoured muscular wine from classic 'silex' (silica) soils, not as overtly Sauvignony as those grown on the chalk soils to the west, nor as firmly dry as the wines from the limestone of Bué. A perfect balance of fruit and firm minerality. This wine is composed of vines with an average age of 30-35 years. Thanks to a diversity of soils types, principally flint and limestone and a strict blending of wines from 28 plots, which adds finesse, aromatic complexity and minerality to this wine.
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    Patrick and I first visited Vincent Delaporte in 1986, a memorable end to a long day, we finished by tasting older and older red and white Sancerres. His wines were in Steven Spurrier's selection for the Caves de la Madeleine, where I had worked several years earlier, and the London end of which Patrick was running at the time. They have featured in the Lea & Sandeman selection since our very first list. The domaine passed to Vincent's son Jean-Yves and his wife Nathalie, and now their son Mathieu has joined them, after a 'stage' at L&S in the summer of 2012, and taken over the winemaking role. They have recently incorporated the vines of Mathieu's uncle, giving them two new jewels in the crown, decent holdings in the Monts Damnés (white) and Cul de Beaujeu (red). CAL

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