2017 Silex Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte

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

We've been lucky enough to taste this wine a couple of times in the last month and every time have been left spell-bound! It is the way that the wine builds on the palate that is so captivating, the nose is classic, herb inflected, classic gooseberry and ripe citrus. But then on the palate, tarragon, fennel, guava, rich minerality, with a gorgeous textural weight. It lasts and lasts on the finish, never losing its focus and drive, simply stunning. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 L&S (Sep 2018)

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Finer and more mineral than the Chavignol cuvee. Really long and rich but bone dry. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2018)

Whether or not you’re a fan of Sauvignon Blanc is almost irrelevant here, because this delightfully fresh, herb-infused dry white from Delaporte is not only creamy textured and restrained but reflects its Sancerre terroir with an intense, minerally dryness that overrides the subtly exotic fruit characters. Rating: 92 The Wine Gang - 2018)

Domaine Vincent Delaporte

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).

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