2012 Domaine Cherrier Père & Fils Sancerre (last of vintage) (Previously $17)

SKU #1128566 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Abundant notes of freshly cut herbs, melons, wet stones and citrus emerge from this medium-bodied Sancerre. It should drink well for 1-2 years.  (2/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Features a flinty spine, with bracing lime and savory notes. Not big, but presents a chiseled finish. Drink now. 2,600 cases imported. –JM Web Only  (1/2013)

K&L Notes

Francois and Jean-Marie Cherrier with father Pierre produce steely and citrus-driven Sancerre from fine parcels of Sauvignon Blanc planted in Sancerre's silex (flint) and chalky soils. Yields are kept low and harvest is done strictly by hand before fermenting in 100% stainless steel. Vibrantly aromatic and mineral-driven, this is quintessential Sancerre.

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2014 | Send Email
Citus aromas. Full on the palate. Tasty bright fruit - peach, citrus, and even a hint of melon. The touch of grassy flavors and pure Sauvignon fruit will give you a great idea of what the Sancerre appellation is all about.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2014 | Send Email
I love Sauvignon Blanc. It is grown all over the world in every type of climate and every type of soil, and it reveals a different side of itself in every case. For me though, the epitome of great Sauvignon Blanc will always be Sancerre from the Loire Valley of France. This 2012 Domaine Cherrier Pere et Fils Sancerre is a perfect example of why I feel that way. It offers ripe, tangy gooseberry and tart, fresh grapefruit notes. It is lively and fresh,and intensely mineral in expression with hints of fresh herbs like tarragon and savory. And due to direct purchase we are able to offer this wine at $10 to $15 less than one would typically pay for most Sancerres. A tremendous value and a superb wine. Try it with your favorite goat cheese (I like the California Crottin from Redwood Hill Farm) and a fresh baguette.
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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.