Domaine Paul Cherrier is a 13-hectare estate located in the municipality of Verdigny run by Stéphane Cherrier, sixth generation winemaker. Cherrier took over the vineyard three years ago after stays in Chile, New Zealand and Australia, which enabled him to bring his own personal touch and improve the quality of the wines. The vineyard, with its ten hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and three of Pinot Noir, is being converted into an organic operation. The soil is limestone and clay on the Verdigny plateau and white limestone soils on the hillsides. Vineyard work is one of the estate’s priorities: Working the soil and de-budding enhance the quality of the fruit, and the grassing of certain parcels contributes to optimum grape ripeness. In the winery, traditional vinification processes involve a minimum of intervention and the use of stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity of the fruit.
The blueish Rosé-colored 2015 Sancerre offers a clear and intense, vinous nose of red berries. Full-bodied and fresh, with a very nice grip and firm acidity, this wine has stimulating phenolics. This is a clear, dry and elegant Rosé with expression and an aromatic, very well-structured finish. A serious wine to be served with food, seafood, salads and...
The Haute-Loire region is planted primarily with Sauvignon Blanc. Soil composition is rich in calcium and other minerals, allowing this variety’s potential to flourish and producing fine and elegant wines, often with very intense aromas. The popularity of this varietal in the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations has led many commercial producers to lower their standards for quality and increase yields to meet demand. Fortunately for lovers of great wines, some winemakers continue their quest for authenticity and excellence on the prestigious soils where Sauvignon gives the finest and most complex wine.
Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, the two big Haute-Loire appellations, produce relatively similar wines at the high end. The majority of vineyards in Pouilly-Fumé are lower than those of Sancerre, which stand between 200 and 350 metres. The vineyards in the north of Pouilly appear to be the appellation’s best. At the heart of Sancerre, the limestone soil contains a high proportion of flint and minerals, which make wines that age well. Moving away from Sancerre, the soil contains a greater proportion of clay, which results in more robust wines: Less refined, but with more fruit.