Sancerre 'Le Paradis" Domaine Vacheron 2017
Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre
"The 47 ha family estate is surely one of the finest Sancerre producers. Corresponding to Demeter, Biodyvin and Ecocert regulations for the past couple of years, three generations (with the two young cousins Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron at the helm) cultivate their Sauvignon Blanc vines in the best limestone and/or silex sites and offer wines which are clear, precise and fresh but also pure, defined and thrillingly mineral and complex. Yields are kept extremely low here and harvest is done exclusively by hand. The cousins vinify (and partly bottle) their different parcels separately whereas the blend can vary from year to year. In contrast to most of the top producers in Sancerre the Vacherons cultivate their vines mostly on Silex (flint) soils which is to be found mainly in the eastern part of the appellation as well as in Pouilly-Fumé on the other side of the Loire river. This makes their wines firm, fresh if not piquant, very precise and rather vertical, even the reds. Wines from Vacheron often need some time to open up but they are really worth your patience." -Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
From one of the oldest established families in Sancerre, cousins Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron have been fighting to regain their position at the top of the appellation. The recent vintages have been exceptional and equally good for the reds as for the whites. Certified biodynamic, the Vacherons are now seen as equals to Alphonse Mellot. Having two or three great producers competing at the top is fantastic for the appellation
'Le Paradis” the “limestone” wine, is the more citrusy, floral , pure, with aromas of lemon zest, white grapefruit, a hint of stone fruit, green herbs, white flowers, and chalk.
100% Sauvignon Blanc