Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre Blanc “Le Paradis”
Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre Blanc “Le Paradis”

Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre Blanc “Le Paradis”

Loire Valley, France 2021 (750mL)
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Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre Blanc “Le Paradis”

Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique were relatively early adopters of biodynamic viticulture, having been certified back in 2005, and their natural approach is reflected in the purity and pulsating energy of their wines. They plow their soils, fertilize with natural compost, plant cover crops between the rows of vines, and hand-harvest much smaller yields than their neighbors. The pristine grapes are gently pressed then fermented with only natural yeasts in stainless steel and open-top wooden fermenters. The wine is then aged in a combination of large foudres and smaller barrels for 12 months, after which it is bottled unfined and unfiltered according to the lunar calendar.
The 2021 Le Paradis is a shimmering gem of a Sancerre, focused and tensile, with a straw-yellow core that moves to green and silver at the rim. The aromatics are as complex and concentrated as Sauvignon Blanc gets, with scents of citrus fruits, green melon, peach pit, gooseberry, honeysuckle and green mango peel checked by savory notes of sea salt, wet herbs and loads of chalky minerality. The palate delivers incredible power, electrifying depth and texture, and a mineral drive that is a true testament to this treasured site’s exceptional terroir. Although this wine is stunning in its current state, it will continue to age gracefully for a good 10 years (or more). When it comes time to pop a bottle, decant it 30 minutes before serving in all-purpose white stems at 50 degrees. Go for something refined and bright for the pairing, maybe some seafood prepared en papillote with lots of aromatic herbs. This isn’t a simple bistro Sancerre, but something else—a benchmark that leaves an indelible impression. Enjoy it!

Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre Blanc “Le Paradis”




Enjoying the greatest wines of Beaujolais starts, as it usually does, with the lay of the land. In Beaujolais, 10 localities have been given their own AOC (Appellation of Controlled Origin) designation. They are: Saint Amour; Juliénas; Chénas; Moulin-à Vent; Fleurie; Chiroubles; Morgon; Régnié; Côte de Brouilly; and Brouilly.

Southwestern France


Bordeaux surrounds two rivers, the Dordogne and Garonne, which intersect north of the city of Bordeaux to form the Gironde Estuary, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The region is at the 45th parallel (California’s Napa Valley is at the38th), with a mild, Atlantic-influenced climate enabling the maturation of late-ripening varieties.

Central France

Loire Valley

The Loire is France’s longest river (634 miles), originating in the southerly Cévennes Mountains, flowing north towards Paris, then curving westward and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantes. The Loire and its tributaries cover a huge swath of central France, with most of the wine appellations on an east-west stretch at47 degrees north (the same latitude as Burgundy).

Northeastern France


Alsace, in Northeastern France, is one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world, with vineyards running from the foothills of theVosges Mountains down to the Rhine River Valley below.

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