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Domaine Vincent Delaporte, Sancerre Chavignol 2017 ~ Sancerre, France

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This is great……and here’s why!

Wall St Journal - '12 Great Wines for Summer' "This small family concern has been delighting connoisseurs ever since it was stocked by Stephen Spurrier in his famous Caves de la Madeleine shop in Paris in the '70s."

90/100 Wine Spectator (2016 vintage)
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson (2014 vintage)
91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2014 vintage)
90/100 Wine Spectator (2014 vintage)
LeDevoir - Jean Aubry 10+ (2016 vintage)

This acclaimed vineyard has won many awards for this wine. The current vintage is awaiting ratings and awards.

Jean Aubry ~ Le Devoir "It's dry, delicate, toned, fine and of good length. This winery manages its vines beautifully. It tends and guides so the grape is gracefully nurtured by the intense limestone soil [translation]." (2016 vintage)

Wine Spectator "Steely, with lemon pith, gooseberry and fleur de sel notes streaking over a flinty spine. An echo of lemon curd in the background adds nice contrast." (2016 vintage)

Jancis Robinson "Delicate but distinctive Sauvignon character on the nose – stony, chalky and smells somehow prickly but not fizzy. Arrow-like on the palate but the edges softened by gentle fruit. Beautifully balanced Sancerre with impressive fruit depth" (2014 vintage)

Domaine Vincent Delaporte & Sons is one of the oldest vineyards of the Sancerrois region. It is a family owned winery that has been passed from generation to generation since the 17th Century. The winery is located in the village of Chavignol.

The winery cultivates vines following the "culture traditionnelle" philosophy, which combines ancestral and organic agricultural methods.The key principle of the domaine is respect for the soil and the environment.

Sancerre is a small wine district in central France, famous for its crisp, aromatic white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. Sancerre's history is interesting, and somewhat distinct from the rest of the Loire Valley. In fact, until the late 19th century Sancerre was not even planted to sauvignon blanc.

In the middle ages, it was part of the Duchy of Burgundy and was planted to gamay and pinot noir (20% still is in pinot). Phylloxera devastated it in the 19th century along with just about all of the French vineyards and sauvignon blanc was introduced as the vineyards were replanted, partly because it grafted better onto American rootstocks. The new wine became a favorite of Paris bistros and was awarded the appellation Sancerre in 1936.