2019 Sancerre Blanc, Domaine La Clef du Recit, Loire Valley

Fine acidity and an enduring minerality are great companions in displaying the beautiful purity of this wine. Carried by zesty, bright yellow and citrus fruit characters it manages the split between a light, refreshing Sancerre with a somewhat juicy mid-palate weight and a wonderful lingering finish far too easily!

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

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2019 Sancerre Blanc, Domaine La Clef du Recit, Loire Valley

Tasting Note

Fine acidity and an enduring minerality are great companions in displaying the beautiful purity of this wine. Carried by zesty, bright yellow and citrus fruit characters it manages the split between a light, refreshing Sancerre with a somewhat juicy mid-palate weight and a wonderful lingering finish far too easily!

Food Pairing

Fabulous with fish and seafood or frankly, just on its own in the sun!

Producer Info

Winemaker Anthony Girard grew up in his family’s Sancerre winery, but spent a number of years learning about wine production all over the world before returning home to continue working with Sauvignon Blanc. While continuing to help with the namesake Girard label, Anthony wanted to create his own project on the side and eventually purchased a small plot of pristine real estate with primo Sancerre limestone soils. After acquiring the vines he was given a large key as a symbolic gesture of new ownership, or a “clef du recit,” which became the name of the estate. While the heavy limestone content helps the fruit to retain bright acidity, a portion of the vineyard is planted in flintier grounds, which adds minerality to the finish. Anthony’s wines have been renowned for their freshness and zip and are in true Sancerre fashion. Ever since Anthony took over the Estate in 2012, he managed his vines according to organic principles, proving that the respectful handling of land and environment will reward you with pure expression of terroir. Two thirds of his vineyards are planted on soils which consist mainly of gravel and limestone and contribute to freshness and fruitiness in the wines; the rest of his vines are grown on flinty soils, which offer great minerality. Treatment in the winery is fairly simple and reduced to a minimum (usually age in oak is avoided) to allow the wines their purest varietal expression.

Regional Info

Sancerre is a small wine district in central France, famous for its crisp, aromatic white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. It is also known for its high-quality goat cheeses, which are an excellent match for the local wine. The vineyards here surround the eponymous town, which sits atop a bean-shaped hill overlooking the river Loire. The classic Sancerre wine is white, bracingly acidic, and has pungent aromas of gooseberries, grass, nettles, and a hint of stony minerality. Richer, riper examples – particularly those from warmer, west-facing sites with chalky soils – often show fruitier notes of passionfruit and lemon peel. Sancerre is typically less ‘obvious’ than the most famous New World styles of Sauvignon Blanc.

Sancerre is located at the very eastern edge of Loire Valley’s main vineyard area, hundreds of miles from the region’s westernmost vineyards. It is in fact closer to the Cote d’Or in Burgundy than to the Loire’s other key wine districts, Anjou and Touraine. Just 50 miles away lies Burgundy’s northernmost district, Chablis, whose famous Kimmeridgian soils are also a feature of the terroir in Sancerre.

Sancerre has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. This is true even for the driest month. The temperature here averages 10.3 °C. About 755 mm of precipitation falls annually. Soil types are a point of pride for Sancerre’s winegrowers. They are divided clearly into three main types: chalk, limestone-gravel and silex (flint). The latter is often given credit for the distinctive, smoky pierre à fusil (gunflint) aroma found in some Sauvignon from this part of the Loire Valley. The aroma is clear in some Sancerre wines – most obviously those from the eastern vineyards closer to the Loire. It is the reason behind Sauvignon’s traditional pseudonym Blanc Fumé

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