2022 Domaine Jean-Jacques Auchére Sancerre Blanc
A classic Sancerre!
The Auchère family’s winemaking tradition has been passed from grandfather to father to son for generations. At the head of the family estate, Jean-Jacques Auchère focuses on quality, only producing 2,500 cases annually from the best sustainably-farmed vineyard sites in Sancerre.
Winemaker: Jean-Jacques and Baptiste Auchère
The Auchère family’s winemaking tradition has been passed from grandfather to father to son for generations. At the head of the family estate, Jean-Jacques Auchère personally approves each wine to assure quality and consistency.
The Auchère winery is located in the village of Bue. Their grapes are all sustainably farmed and from best vineyard sites in Sancerre: Chene Marchand, Les Monts Damnes, Chasseignes, and Les Deserts. The soil is a combination of limestone (Bue and Sancerre) a clay (Chavignol) which creates the texture and minerality Sancerre is so famous for.
The vinification is performed by using traditional methods. The juice is gravity fed into tanks to settle before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine is clarified and gently filtered.
Sauvignon Blanc, a very recognizable white wine that is popularly dry, refreshingly zesty, and has strong, fruity and herbal characteristics. Ever hear of the term “pyrazines?” It’s a term noting the strong herbaceous flavors that are derived from compounds called Methoxypyrazines. These compounds are also found in bell peppers! A flagship varietal to the Loire Valley in France (Sancerre) and New Zealand, the Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand tend to be more aromatic and have tropical fruit notes than those from the Bordeaux or Loire Valley regions in France. Usually fermented in stainless steel vats, Sauvignon Blanc gives a clean, crisp flavor with occasional mineral notes, but no characteristics from oak, like you would normally see in a grape varietal like Chardonnay. However, look out for Fumé Blanc, this style of wine is an oaked-version of Sauvignon Blanc.
THE LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
The Loire is actually the largest river in France and the Loire Valley is a large region that follows as it flows towards the Atlantic. Another cooler climate region in France, the Loire Valley produces many exciting and exceptional red, rosé, and white wines in a variety of styles. Lean and lively white varieties like Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne or Melon Blanc) dominate in many sub-regions here including Anjou-Saumur, Touraine, and the Upper Loire (Centre). Rustic reds like Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Côt (Malbec) are also grown in smaller areas. Some of the most infamous for Cabernet Franc are that of Bourgueil and Chinon located in the Touraine (Middle Loire). The Loire Valley is also known to produce quality sparkling wines from grape varieties including Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc (for rosé). You’ll often find these wines to be tart with fresh fruit flavors and labelled as Crémant de Loire.