2010 Domaine Vacheron "Guigne-Chèvres" Sancerre

SKU #1221182 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Yet another new wine this vintage - from an especially well-illuminated, thin-soiled, stony hillside just south of Sancerre that once enjoyed celebrity as a cru - the Vacheron 2010 Sancerre Guigne-Chevres was raised 90% in a large Stockinger (Austrian Ybbstaler oak) upright and displays a near sweetness of ripe peach, yellow plum, lemon and grapefruit that contrasts dramatically with its immediate siblings. Silken and polished; palpably dense (little wonder perhaps, at yields of just 20 hectoliters per hectare); its sense of ripeness wedded to vivacious acidity and mouthwateringly saline savor, this practically explodes in finishing juiciness, and its ringing finish practically refuses to quit. It should remain stunning for a decade. Incidentally, it is in consideration of the excitement generated by acquisition of this parcel that the Vacherons decided to roll back the fruits of next door Grands Champs into their generic bottling. (DS)  (6/2012)

K&L Notes

17 points Chris Kissack: "The terroir here is limestone, with more clay towards the bottom of the vineyard. Apparently this north-facing vineyard, just to the south of Sancerre, has a problem with nematode infection; this affects the health and vigour of the vines, restricting their output. The vines are also pruned to 2-3 bunches, thus they ultimately yield about 20 hl/ha. Aromatically this is redolent of very polished yellow fruit. It is very expressive, although supple and restrained in character. It has a very soft style on the palate, quite chalky, building into a firmer minerality towards the finish, accompanied by some white fruit as well, especially white peach. Overall, an enticing wine." (Winedoctor.com) 11/2011

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