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2015 Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte

Grapes Sauv Blanc
Colour White
Origin France, Loire
Sub-district Sancerre
Village Chavignol
ABV 13%

Matthieu's wines are just getting better and better. The 2015 is unbelievably good! This is the first year that the estate has picked every bunch entirely by hand - a huge effort says Matthieu but so worth it for the control he now has over the quality of all the fruit coming in to the winery and ensuring every plot is bought in at exactly the right moment. As ever this is beautifully fresh, a lovely citrus tang and salty zip at the outset but it is the weight of perky fruit that fills out the middle and drives this on, making it so much more impressive than almost anyone else achieves in the appellation. The Delaporte vines are all in Chavignol - the undisputed top spot for Sancerre. With rolling hills more reminiscent of the Cote d'Or than the ubiquitous plains of the loire valley it is no surprise that the quality is so much higher here.

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Sancerre Domaine Vincent Delaporte 2015 comes from Chavignol, a sweet spot within Sancerre, and it shows, as leafy freshness and blackcurrant ripeness are upheld by a mineral baseline.
(Jun 2016)

Light peach and flint nose with a touch of polished lemon. Great delicacy evident from the kumquat, rose water and lychee on the palate, backed up by biting minerality. A warm, inviting style.

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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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