Domaine Serge Laloue "Cuvée Silex" Reserve Sancerre 2017

Sauvignon Blanc|Loire, France

Those who stick to the conventional wisdom that white wine must only be enjoyed young have never experienced aged Sauvignon Blanc such as this.

"Silex" is catnip for wine geeks. It's a flinty-clay soil type cropping up in Sancerre, neighboring Pouilly-Fumé, and just a few other select corners of the wine world. The flinty soils leave an unmistakeable imprint on the wines. Over time, the mineral flavors evolve, becoming more profound and complex with age.

With that in mind, behold Domaine Laloue's "Reserve" bottling, deliberately held back at the estate to appreciate in bottle. With its three-plus years age you'll find the trademarked gunflint-smoky aromas, complemented by lime peel, orange oil, dried white flowers, and salty minerals.

The Domaine of Serge Laloue is named after the eponymous son of two Sancerrois farmers, Simone and Francois Laloue, who grew tobacco, grapes, and other produce from this eastern edge of the Loire river valley. In 1960 Serge pivoted to strictly wine-growing-and-making, a tradition Franck and Christine Laloue, Serge's his son and daughter, continue today. Everything at the domaine is organic and done by hand, a true labor of love that shows in every sip.

Great Sancerre is hard to find under $30 – a reserve bottling such as this even more so! Try it with oysters, a tangy goat cheese, or ricotta-topped flatbread for splendid results!

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