It's Sauvignon Blanc at another level!
ABOUT THE WINERY
Situated in the village of Bué in the heart of Sancerre, this domaine was recommended to us by both Dominique Roger and Franck Millet. We are delighted by the recommendation – Christian Thirot’s white and rosé are classic expressions of cool-climate Sauvignon and Pinot Noir respectively. Production is small, with a 'hands on' approach in the vineyard and minimal handling in the winery.
ABOUT THE WINE
Look, I love Sauvignon Blanc. Even though a lot people are anti-Sauvignon Blanc because of what's happened with New Zealand. And to be honest, probably the New Zealand styles have changed a lot and gotten a little bit simpler and probably more boring. But Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, particularly Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé ... Sancerre is certainly not boring. They're quite high in acid and very, very lean and fresh and just a lovely savoury sort of sauvignon blanc. It's just a very, very lean, citrus sort of characters in it, and smokiness in it from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. They're just lovely, lovely ... They're quite powerful, but they seem a little bit more elegant because of the style. This is one of my favourite wines that I'm drinking. They're not cheap, especially compared with the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s, but they are so well made.
This is a small producer, and it just shows people another level of what high-quality Sauvignon Blanc is and what people in the rest of the world get about true Sauvignon Blanc wine, not so much that New Zealand style. Not to say New Zealand's wrong. It just means that this is something really interesting. It shows people what Sauvignon Blanc can be made like. It's really well made.