2016 Aurore Dezat "Domaine des Chasseignes" Sancerre

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A family domaine that has been run by third-generation winemaker Aurore Dezat since 2011. She farms 9 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the commune of Sury-en-Vaux on limestone, pebble and flint soils. Their Sancerre is well-balanced and fruity, with a sweet citrus acidity.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2018 | Send Email
A jaunt down to my local Farmer’s Market this morning brought me face to face, or rather, nose to rind, with a table spread with farmstead fresh, organic goat cheeses. To die for! And if there is a heaven, there must be goats with wings as well, to supply the blesséd with plenty of soft-ripened delights. And a loaf of sun-warmed walnut bread and crisp white wine…heaven help us if we should go hungry or thirsty during gospel choir practice, right? This pure Sancerre from Aurore Dezat certainly stroked my harpstrings, with tangy lemon, nectarine and subtle grapefruit flavors on a spine of chalky minerality. I thought I was on Cloud Wine…..

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2018 | Send Email
A crisp Sancerre for those that like a little more mineral in their Sauvignon Blancs. This has a great lime/lemon zest type of citrus on the nose with a hint of fresh grass and TONS of limestone minerality. It's clean, light and refreshing, perfect for these last days of summer. Or buy a few and keep in your wine fridge for Dungeness Crab season. This would be outstanding with seafood, especially shellfish!

Staff Image By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
I had the opportunity to taste this wine with my fellow K&Lers and at first open, most commented on the aromatics almost immediately. On the palate, the fruit and acidity are well-balanced with have a backbone of a citrus-like note. In addition to the minerality and nice crisp finish, this is the perfect match for anyone looking for a crisp and light white wine.

Staff Image By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
This Sancerre checks all the boxes; lean, aromatic, punchy, awesome. Coming from the family domaine of Aurore Dezat in the small commune of Sury-en-Vaux, this classic expression of Sauvignon Blanc started out on limestone soils peppered with pebbles and flint. These characteristics are prominent in the wine and are balanced with a refreshing acidity crisp mouth feel making this one hard to put down. Do NOT miss out on this Direct Import deal under $20!
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2021

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
Our newest producer from Sancerre, Aurore Dezat took over the family vineyards and makes one of the most mineral-driven and aromatically perfumed of all our Sauvignon Blancs from the region. Her vines are on the classic calcareous clay soil with caillottes gravel. Focused and pure with flavors of grapefruit peel, chalky mineral and white flowers. Tremendous!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2017 | Send Email
This is a very light and refreshing style of Sancerre from Aurore Dezat, made from 25-30 year old vines grown in terre blanche soil. The terroir imparts a classic limestone minerality, vibrant acidity and very noticeable green apple note that for me, sets this Sancerre apart from the crowd. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a crisp, light style of Sancerre with subtle complexity and finesse.

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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.


- 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.