2019 Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte
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. L&S (Nov 2020)
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Pale gold with green hints. Very expressive, intense and complex nose with boxwood, rhubarb, blackcurrant, kiwi fragrances and a light vegetal touch (marigold). The entry is soft and round. Bright freshness on the palate, delicate and lively purity. Well balanced and harmonious, it ends with a clean lingering finish Drinking range: 2020 - 2023Winemaker's notes(Apr 2020)
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).
Some old favourites are joined by a couple of wines that are new to us - the first vintage of the dynamic 32 year-old, Vanessa Cherruau at Château de Plaisance, who last year harvested these white and red 2019 Anjous when the ink was still wet on the contract to take over this domaine, and when she was in the late stages of pregnancy.
Loire whites - whether Chenin, Melon de Bourgogne (in the Muscadet) or Sauvignon are brilliant fresh wines that make the mouth-watering start or be a welcome refresher. These three Cabernet Franc reds are all classics of the style and with their well-defined fruit and crunchy style go particularly well with cold meats and pâtés.
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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