2018 Aurore Dezat Sancerre

SKU #1416689 90 points Decanter

 Attractive floral nose with gooseberry and orchard fruit flavours. Excellent ripeness on the palate with the CO2 spritz enhancing the citrusy freshness. Elegant finish. (2019 DWWA)  (5/2019)

Wine Enthusiast

 This is a crisply textured wine, with attractive acidity and a strong mineral edge. Fresh citrus flavors and acidity are comfortably balanced by the taut steely edge. (RV)  (10/2019)

K&L Notes

This is 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.

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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
One of my favorite direct import Sancerre producers returns with another stunning vintage, packed with that nice flinty character and incredible minerality. I've delved more into a lot of fun and easygoing white wines this summer, and as Indian summer is just around the corner, I am definitely going to have more than several bottles of the Aurore Dezat in my fridge. Need to stock up on some supple white wine? Well, here ya go. Disappointed, you will not be.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
Aurore Dezat's wines continue to impress with an effortless precision and grace. The words that immediately sprang to mind were, "So fresh and so clean." Delicate orchard flowers, tangy grapefruit, candied orange peel, and subtle hints of white peach converge with lip-smacking acid, ending on refreshing, mineral-laden finish. So dangerously quaffable, you'll need to stock up on several bottles at once.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2019 | Send Email
Sancerre conjures up visions of a cool glass of citrus driven wine savored while sitting at a streetside café consuming a simple fish or chicken dish. The Aurore Dezat has all that and more. It offers a touch more complexity than many of its peers, due to an unusually fine vintage. I enjoy the fact that it has a bit more body than some of its peers and a structure that is really quite impressive. Word has it that the 2018 was a favored vintage in Sancerre with conditions that benefited the wines. That attribute is clearly on display here. Bravo!

By: Shelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2019 | Send Email
This wine is fresh to the max! Delightfully zippy, bursting with citrus, touches of wheatgrass & ending with that crisp mineral finish you expect from a great Sancerre. It's the prefect refreshment for the rest of the summer, and I think I might have just found my new post run treat.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2019 | Send Email
Aurore Dezat was a happy addition to our Sancerre portfolio last year. Taking over her family vineyards in 2011 from her father and uncle, her winemaking has improved and grown dramatically as she has added more harvests to her resume. Aurore's 2017 was the wine that really turned our heads, full of energy and fruit, it drank even more impressively as we came down to the last few bottles earlier this year. The 2018 is even more striking! Planted on a mix of Terres Blanches (marl) and Caillotes (limestone rocks) the soil yields a wine that captures the essence of Sancerre with its flavors of lime, Meyer lemon and lingers with a long but crunchy vibrant finish. The 2018 vintage adds a little more weight and a slight tropical edge that is at once inviting but also promises to deliver more as it develops for a few more years in bottle. This is a great bottle for any night of the week!

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2019 | Send Email
The aromas on this wine are so intense. This is dripping with wet cobblestones. Texturally, the fruit is round and soft with an acid line that pierces right through the middle. Plenty of tart honey crisp apple and gentle lime notes with a touch of chalk towards the back palate. It ends with a clean finish, that slowly unfolds with echoes of the palate. This is classic Sancerre that definitely punches above the under $20 crowd.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2019 | Send Email
This wine has been charming me over the last several vintages, this could be my favorite. Fortunately or unfortunately, however you want to look at it I have a very low bar for wines from this appellation. I ask for 2 things acid and minerality. If it has those two things, done. I will drink it. I will enjoy it. This is like licking citrus juice off of a piece of Marl; tangy, citrusy with a very fine dusty minerality. It is sooo good! It is so much more than a simple wine, it is elemental. It is definitely worth a case or two.

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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.