With summer in full swing, I’m fully into the drinking of white wine. This is not to say I don’t enjoy red or white wine all year round, but there is nothing more pleasurable than sitting outside in the sun during the summer months, enjoying a glass of chilled white wine! With a myriad of whites to choose from, you are sure to find something delicious, regardless of your budget.
Sancerre is likely one of the most famous regions in France, and although the frustration for the consumer with French wines not having the varietal listed on it, many know that Sancerre is Sauvignon Blanc. It is probably one of the handful of wines where one DOES know the varietal inside…that is if it’s white! There’s also pink Sancerre and red Sancerre. But we won’t go there today!
Chateau de Sancerre is one of the oldest in the Loire valley, the original castle dating back to the 10th century and the only castle in Sancerre. Purchased by the Marnier Lapostolle family in 1919, Monsieur Lapostolle is also the creator of the liqueur Grand Marnier. The name Lapostolle may also be ringing a bell. The family bought property in Chile with vineyards in the regions of Cachapoal, Casablanca and Colchagua and makes award winning Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. This is obviously a highly influential family in the industry.
I love Sancerre. The Sauvignon blanc grape exhibits less grassiness than one from New Zealand, and certainly not the harsh gooseberry or “cat’s pee” that is often typical of the New Zealand style. Preferred by many to be sure, but there’s a certain “refinement” from a Sancerre with that distinct minerality evident. That “wet rock”, riverstone nuance. Chateau de Sancerre also has lovely grapefruit and white blossom aromas and flavours. High, bracing acidity with a snappy lingering finish. And this summer, it would be perfect with any grilled white fish, or a grilled shrimp salad. On the shelf for $32.95. Santé!