Etienne is latest in a ridiculously long line of Daulnys to grow Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre. Few addresses are as good as Etienne’s in the beautiful village of Verdigny. But it is not so easy to grow grapes here; it’s cold, the soil is poor, hail is always a risk and to make great wine, you can’t make a ton of it. And they pay a lot of taxes….So, making wine here is more a labor of love than it is a great business plan. But it’s hard to argue with the results. Tasting Etienne’s racy, electric Sancerre makes it pretty obvious that there is a higher purpose to his labor.
The ultimate prize of the domaine is Le Clos De Chaudenay a single vineyard parcel of 40-year-old vines facing southwest at high elevation above the village of Verdigny. It’s a unique micro-climate, a bit warmer than the rest of chilly Verdigny so Sancerre from this plot shows more weight, with ripe citrus and peach fruit. The mineral soil adds aromatic complexity, amazing tension and incredible length with an almost salty finish.
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If you’re new to Sancerre Rose, then you’re in luck– this is easily one of the best ones made. Domonique Roger’s Sancerre Rose has everything you want: it’s bone dry with fleshy stone fruits flavors, mandarin orange and a hint of zest. The fruit is so pure and clean and there’s so much going on. This is a serious wine and arguably the very best pink wine that anyone makes. Do not miss it.
Etienne Daulny is the latest in a very long line of Daulnys to farm Sauvignon Blanc near the tiny hamlet of Verdigny in the appellation of Sancerre. He is currently in charge of farming over twenty small parcels including some incredibly well respected fifty-year-old vines. This is a classic Sancerre, aromatically dynamic, with intense fruit, distinct minerality and blazing acidity. It’s the white wine we drink most often at home. Beautiful structure and length to this with a youthful vibrancy that shines throughout.
Trust me, this is a fantastic Menetou-Salon. It’s one of those quintessential bottlings from the tiny region that perfectly exemplifies the early sweet and stone fruit flavors that you get backed by some racy acidty and an absolutely to die for mineral streak. This one comes from the coveted Kimmeridgian limestone terroir and vines that are all at least 40 years in age. That gives this so much energy, concentration and lift – it’s a treat!
Paul-Henry’s 2022 Sancerre la Croix au Garde is a beauty. Medium-body with a racy burst of citrus and stone fruit at the beginning, with laser-like focus and a razor sharp minerality that pierces throughout the mouth through to the finish. It’s a bright, fresh Sancerre that’s not too weighty but has plenty of nuance and even some depth. No doubt, it’s one you can enjoy for the next decade.