August 11, 2020 by Alyssa Taylor
Based in Verdigny, within the Appellations of Sancerre and Menetou-Salon, the Cherrier brothers farm 20 hectares of vines spread out over five different villages around Sancerre and 10 hectares in Menetou-Salon. The diversity of vineyard sites allows them to blend Sauvignon Blanc from the three types of typical Sancerre terroir to create harmonious and balanced wines. Silex (flint) brings minerality and….well… flintiness. Terre Blanche, or Kimmeridgean marl (clay with limestone underneath) brings richness, and Caillottes (gravelly limestone) brings acidity. Since 1994, François and Jean-Marie Cherrier have put in place a sustainable viticulture using ecological techniques such as planting cover crops in the vineyards, eliminating chemical fertilizers and vinification products, gray-water reuse at the winery, and geobiology. Vinification is done using cold-stabilization and temperature controlled fermentations by soil type, which are left on the lees to age in stainless steel tanks before the final blending to create Cherrier’s classic and archetypal Sancerre Blanc. In addition to this most famous wine from the region, they also produce a Sancerre Rouge and Rosé from Pinot Noir grapes, and since 2010 red and white wines from Menetou-Salon.
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