Paul Vattan Domaine de St Romble Sancerre 2014 ~ Loire Valley, France
Gold - Concours des Grands Vins de France de Macon
Silver ~ Concours des Vins du Val de Louire a Angers (2015 vintage)
The Winemaker ~ "....traces of fresh lemon and acacias split.....long-lasting subtly revealing ripe and yellow lemon notes."
Paul Vattan started making wine in 1986 but when none of his four children wanted to take over the family business, he sold it to the Fournier family who now run the outstanding 12 hectare unique single vineyard and continue to produce renowned Sancerre wines.
The Fournier family has been making wine for over sixty years. Originally started by Paul Fournier in 1950 and then passed on to his sons Jacques and Claude and daughter-in-law Elaine who handle the vineyards, winemaking and business respectively. More recently Claude and Elaine’s children have joined the family holding which is now over 60 hectares in total.
Sancerre is a small wine district in central France, which is world famous for its crisp, aromatic white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. It is also known for its high-quality goat cheeses, which are an excellent match for the local wine. The classic Sancerre wine is white, bracingly acidic, and has pungent aromas of gooseberries, grass, nettles, and a hint of stony minerality. Richer, riper examples – particularly those from warmer, west-facing sites with chalky soils – often show fruitier notes of passionfruit and lemon peel. Sancerre is typically less 'obvious' than the most famous New World styles of Sauvignon Blanc.
The Loire Valley is an important wine region in western France. White wines are the Loire Valley's strong suit, and account for the vast majority of production: Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume (both made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape) are the two most famous examples.