2015 Domaine Cherrier Père & Fils Sancerre

SKU #1254539 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Sancerre is deep, clear and aromatic on the nose, yet also discreet in its fruity and floral flavors: Full-bodied, dense and intense on the palate, this is a round and elegant Sancerre with grip, structure and a long and promising finish; it shows a stimulating, phenolic gooseberry grip and a lingering salinity. The 2015 tastes lovely already, but can be kept for a couple of years due to the substance and complexity it reveals. The best is yet to come. (SR)  (10/2016)

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 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: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2016 | Send Email
Crisp and classic, the 2015 Cherrier shows flinty focus up front and brisk acidity that softens to a rounder palate with notes of apricot and tropical fruit, plus a traditionally chalky finish. Sharp but crowd pleasing, at a price you don't often see in Sancerre, this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc continues to win fans.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2016 | Send Email
Pea shoots, lime, and wet stones keep the overall character here cool and green. While the palate is high acid, with only some citrus to speak of fruit-wise, this vintage shows a little more generosity in the body. The main focus, as usual, is on the wide streak of flinty minerality. If you are hoping to find a mine in your next bottle of Sancerre, this is the one to start with.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2016 | Send Email
Always a customer favorite, the Cherrier Sancerre provides you with fruit and thirst quenching acidity for under $20 a bottle. The 2015 provides notes of peach, nectarine and even a hint of pineapples. You don't need to spend $25+ to get a great Sancerre.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2016 | Send Email
The Cherrier to me is always one of the biggest crowd pleasing Sancerres/Sauvignon Blancs from anywhere in the world. Classic grapefruit and tropical notes with light chalky minerality and bright acidity. You need Sancerre? This is it!

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
I tasted the same bottle twice for this review - once upon opening it, and again after 2 days open in the fridge. At first blush it was laser-focused. Tons of bright acid and a blast of refreshing lemon-lime citrus. Perfect hot weather drinking. After 2 days...my goodness. The mouthwatering freshness still makes for an incredibly satisfying glass of wine, but the tight focus on citrus has opened beautifully into fresh, but never overripe stone fruit. The mineral drive and chalkiness is readily apparent yet well integrated. The texture is smooth and eminently enjoyable. If you can manage to not finish the bottle on the first go around, keep it for a day or two and try it again. You'll be glad you did.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
Wowser! I was really impressed with this wine. Great acidity, with fluidity all the way down the palate, with that great chalkiness that gives it so much life and personality. A colleague had us try this same bottle after two days being open, and it was magical! The chalk and terroir was toned down a bit, with excellent salinity and plenty of life left. It was perfectly balanced. An impressive amount of Sancerre for the money.
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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.