Domaine Naudet, Sancerre Blanc 2019

Sauvignon Blanc|Loire Valley, France

When this Sancerre first came across my desk, I was predisposed to love it before I even pulled the cork. The stats of this wine check off all the bullet points of what fine Sancerre should be.

To wit: 1.) The domaine’s old vines, tended all by hand are located in the charming hamlet of Sury-en-Vaux (population 700) just six kilometers from the village of Sancerre itself; 2.) The trifecta of classic terroir – terres blanches, flint, and caillottes soils; 3.) Natural fermentation in stainless steel, quickly bottled, for a pure Sancerrois expression.

And it did not disappoint!

Just as we did, you'll love the perfumed, flinty notes of white pepper, chalk, oyster shell, and nectarine pit, with a luxurious midpalate of stone fruits, ripe Asian pear, mint, and honeysuckle. Tongue-tingling, well developed fruit, with a touch of sea-salt on the dry, layered finish. A pitch-perfect Sauv Blanc that I’d nail as Sancerre in a blind tasting every time.

Named after the father, Jean Naudet, he handed the reins over to his talented son Michel, who continues in the family tradition with splendid results. And not only is Sury-en-Vaux a delectable tiny hamlet, it’s the outpost known for some of the best slopes, exposures, and soils in the region. It’s a must-visit, easy two-hour jaunt from Paris. Stop at a local fromagerie and pick up a classic Crottin de Chavignol goat cheese to enjoy along with a brisk Sancerre for an unforgettable, authentic experience. Enjoy!

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