2016 Serge Laporte's Sancerre
Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire Valley, France
Case Discount: 10% Off Case Discount
The wines of Sancerre are widely considered to be the finest expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape type in the world. The wines of Chavignol (the most prestigious village within the appellation of Sancerre, and the site of all of Serge Laporte's vineyards) are distinctive and of a notably higher caliber, to the extent that they are sometimes referred to as "crus" despite the fact that Sancerre has no such official classifications, unlike Burgundy or Bordeaux. The punishingly steep slopes of Les Monts Damnés ("the damned mountains" so-named by the harvesters who have to trudge up and down them) boast the finest vineyard sites in Chavignol. Many of the grapes that go into this Laporte Sancerre come from Les Monts Damnés vineyards.
This is a wine with lively, mouth-watering acidity. It is fresh and bright, boasting citrus and white fruits on the palate with an aromatic nose and a pronounced and lingering minerality on the finish that sets it apart. It is long on finesse and refreshment - really everything Sancerre can be.
Here is the way Steven Tanzer has described Serge Laporte's Sancerre: "Pale gold. Crushed stone, lime zest and white pepper on the nose. Precise, elegant wine combining density with nervy, mineral- inflected citrus fruit. The lemon, spearmint and spice flavors are complicated by a soil-driven salinity and a hint of white flowers. Finishes with tangy grip and good dusty length. This would be superb with oysters or an aged goat cheese."