Philippe Auchere, Sancerre Blanc
Philippe Auchere, Sancerre Blanc

Philippe Auchere, Sancerre Blanc

Loire Valley, France 2022 (750mL)
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Philippe Auchere, Sancerre Blanc

Philippe Auchère represents the ultimate in farm-scale viticulture. His property, in the village of Bué (home to famous estates such as Lucien Crochet and Jean-Max Roger), doubles as a sheep farm—meaning not all the property’s six hectares are planted to vines. What is planted to vines, however, is managed with rigor by Philippe and his son-in-law, Paul: this is one of the few organic domaines in the region, eschewing all chemical inputs. Sheep and pigs graze in the vineyards to help manage weed growth, and Auchère uses “microtractors” to limit soil compaction and reduce CO2 emissions.

The soils here are the pebbly limestone-clay mixture known locally as caillotes, one of three distinct soil types found in the region. Auchère’s Sauvignon Blanc is hand-harvested, of course, and in the cellar, terroir “transparency” is the name of the game: the juice is fermented on native yeasts only and is never supplemented with enzymes or other “nutrients.” It is aged in tank only and bottled without filtration.

In the glass, this ’22 is a glistening straw-gold with hints of green at the rim, bursting forth with aromas of citrus fruits, tart white peach, green mango peel, white flowers, lemon balm, oyster shells, and wet stones. It is medium-bodied and the perfect example of what wine geeks mean by the word “racy”—mouth-watering and invigorating all the way through the aromatic finish. Pull the cork on this one about 15 minutes before serving and let it rip: This is an all-occasion, über-versatile white for salads, seafood, and of course the kind of goat’s milk chèvre every Sancerre producer pulls out when you visit their wineries. A true classic!

Philippe Auchere, Sancerre Blanc

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