Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre Blanc “Les Romains”
Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre Blanc “Les Romains”

Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre Blanc “Les Romains”

Loire Valley, France 2021 (750mL)
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Domaine Vacheron, Sancerre Blanc “Les Romains”

It’s getting increasingly difficult to write about Vacheron because they continue to outdo themselves. The Vacheron cousins, Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique, take a decidedly “Burgundian” approach in the vineyards and cellar, vinifying their wines parcel-by-parcel to showcase different terroir expressions. Most of their vineyards—34 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 11 of Pinot Noir—are planted on silex (flint), like today’s “Les Romains.” It’s one of the many single-vineyard bottlings the Vacherons make, each one showcasing a unique combination of soil type, exposition, and microclimate. Although there are other famous “cru” bottlings from Sancerre—like the various expressions of the “Les Monts Damnés” vineyard—no one in Sancerre offers the diversity of terroir expression found in the Vacheron lineup.

Certified since 2005, Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique were relatively early adopters of biodynamic viticulture, 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 large wooden tanks. Upon completion, the wine is racked and aged in wood for one year before bottling without filtration.

Vacheron’s 2021 “Les Romains” is a luxurious, high-impact wine that’s built to age: In the glass, it’s a classic straw-yellow with hints of green at the rim. It’s rich and deeply aromatic with powerful aromas of guava, gooseberry, green mango, fleshy white peach, Makrut lime, grapefruit zest, candied green apple, wild herbs, white pepper, saffron, and warm spices. The palate is medium-plus in body and loaded with ripe, supple textures that expand in all directions as the wine takes on more air. I recommend starting with a 30-minute decant before tracking your bottle over the course of an evening (or two). Cheers!



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France

Bourgogne

Beaujolais

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Southwestern France

Bordeaux

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

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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