If you are looking for a typical and exemplary wine from Sancerre here is a more than affordable option! Coming from parcels located on the slopes of Verdigny, near Chavignol, this wine reveals an ideal balance between minerality and fruit. Yields are low thanks to the grassing of the parcels and the severe spring de-budding which controls the strength of the vine. Stéphane Cherrier is a man who respects traditions. A photo of his grandfather hangs in the winery, perhaps to remind him to work the family land with respect and ensure that the vines give the best fruit possible. To continue his family’s tradition, Stephane develops elegant, straight and precise wines as the appellation requires. A minimum of sulphur is used during the winemaking process.
Intense yellow straw colour with greenish glints. On the nose this wine offers aromas of lemon, clementine, gooseberry, flint and wet granite. On the palate, the attack is round and there is a beautiful tension between the citrus flavours, acidity and minerality. A complex Sancerre Sauvignon that could not be more classic at a very attractive price.
Oysters, fish, goat cheese.
Clay and limestone with flint deposits.
Vineyard in organic conversion. De-budding, tillage and grassing of the parcels. No pesticides or herbicides. Vines aged more than 25 years.
Harvested by hand. De-stemming and light pressing of the grapes. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks and aging on lees in stainless steel tanks for four to six months.
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 goat cheese. The acidity and freshness, as well as the grip and overall vinosity, are really remarkable.
91 pts, Millésime 2015, Robert Parker, Août 2016
Stéphane Cherrier only took over the family vineyard a couple of years ago, and although he is very respectful of the past he is seriously shaking up this small, 14 hectare, estate. He is on the way to becoming organic and his traditional blanc is sharp and mineral, everything you would expect from a sancerre.
The Guardian, John Brunton
Les domaines à suivre. La jeune génération qui veut bouleverser les hiérarchies établies. Les Choix qualitatifs récents de Stéphane Cherrier payent: plus de désherbants, usage de levures indigènes sur les cuvées parcellaires, table de tri, vendanges manuelles....Ce vigneron modeste affirme désormais son style.
Revue des Vins de France, Octobre 2016
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 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.
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