2018 Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte
An old favourite on these pages is this crisp, fresh Sancerre, with a long, intense flavour. A superb all-rounder, perfect with goat’s cheese and white meat. (or your Christmas smoked salmon - Ed.) Will Lyons, The Sunday Times (Dec 2019)
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The hamlet of Chavignol really is the place to be in Sancerre if you are looking for depth, cut and interest. This horse-shoe shaped ridge of vineyards gives so much more personality to the fruit grown here than some of the duller juice produced from the plains around the town of Sancerre. The 2018 is another beautiful wine from Mathieu, pure and vibrant citrus, herbs and minerality on the nose. The palate has juice and concentration, plenty of bright gooseberry and ripe citrus fruit, clear precise acid lift and that chalky, mineral drive on the finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2021L&S(Apr 2019)
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).
There's such a appetising zip to good Sauvignon Blanc. It makes the perfect refreshing aperitif and richer examples match seafood so well. Here are four of the best to inject some life into tired palates.
Back when New Zealand was all about sheep and rugby, the definitive Sauvignon Blanc was Sancerre. It is still a wonderful expression of the variety - steely and mineral, and super-refreshing.
Across the River Loire are the vineyards of Pouilly-Fumé offering similar precise Sauvignon cleanliness.
Less well-known but deserving of more attention are red Sancerres - the bouncy, light and elegant feel of simple Pinot Noir.
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