This is one of the Loire's most famous appellations, located on the left bank of the river in a region that combines hilly land and the Val de Loire pit. With its roots in the hillside slopes, the vineyard (around 2,700 hectares) is dedicated to Sauvignon (80%) and Pinot Noir. Better known for its whites, its reds have recently been gaining in popularity. Rosés made from Pinot Noir are also available. Three types of soil make up the Sancerre region: "white soil" (clay-limestone Kimmeridgian soil) located in the western hills, "gravel soil", stony and limestone soil, and finally the clay-siliceous soil to the east. The vines are planted at between 200 and 300 metres of altitude. They enjoy a temperate climate. Sancerre whites are very similar to Pouilly Fumé: fine, lively wines that combine aromas of a more vegetable character: box tree, broom, blackcurrant leaf, developing into floral, often sweet notes: acacia, jasmine and citrus fruit aromas. A pure opening melts away into a rich, rounded effect on the palate. Subtle wines that always display a certain freshness.
The best vintages for Sancerre :
2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1990, 1989, 1988
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General : The «bio» designation covers certified wines produced by biodynamic or organic methods, sustainably produced wines, and «environmentally friendly» wines that are not officially certified. These designations apply to recent vintages (the date of certification, if known, is specified in the estate description). See the blog article for more information on this designation.
Biodynamic : The «biodynamic» designation is used for all estates certified as using biodynamic methods, as verified by one of the two official bodies, Demeter or Biodyvin. All wines produced by biodynamic methods are also certified as organic. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Organic : The «organic» designation covers all estates certified as using organic methods, as verified by one of the bodies approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, such as Ecocert. This designation applies to recent vintages.
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Evironmentally friendly : The «environmentally friendly» designation refers to estates practising environmentally friendly wine-growing techniques, but that have not opted for certification or who are still in the process of converting to organic agriculture or biodynamics. These estates may have adopted biodynamic principles (non-certified) or simply no longer use chemical products. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Natural : Wines which are produced without any added sulfur (or almost any) and with no other inputs. However, given that there is no official body to issue the natural wine label, it is based on winemakers’ statements. This designation applies to recent vintages.