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Domaine Laporte Sancerre Le Rochoy AC France 2015
A classic Sancerre of great finesse, with grassy, herbaceous notes on the nose with elegant fruit and balancing acidity on the palate.

£22.99


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Grape varieties

Sauvignon Blanc

Region

Sancerre is a hilltop town on the left bank of the upper Loire, which gives its name to one of the Loire’s – and France’s – most renowned wines. It’s virtually synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc, so who would have guessed that until the middle of the 20th century the area produced red wines and white from the Chasselas grape? It was not until the white Sauvignon wines were introduced into Parisian bistros that Sancerre began its climb to fame. The climate here is continental but the river to the east and the forests to the west help moderate the low temperatures. Vines are cultivated in 14 communes in this appellation of varying terroirs. There are three distinct areas, however. The western vineyards are on clay and limestone soils, producing quite powerful wines; from here to the town of Sancerre is high in gravel, giving delicate wines; while close to Sancerre itself, there is flint, which makes longer-living perfumed wines. Apart from the dry white Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir is also grown, to produce light red and rosé wines. And while white Sancerre at its best is sublime, its popularity has meant that there’s also some mediocre stuff being made.

Style

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