The amazing Dominique Roger manages Domaine du Carrou in Bué, one of the 14 communes in the Centre-Val de Loire that is located in the Sancerre appellation. Since the 17th century, 8 generations of the Roger family have produced wines in the Bué area of Sancerre, which is known for exceptional terroir and producing complex wines.
The brand new 2020 release is a gem– but somehow, unbeknownst to the winery, it also ended up in the hands of wine critic, John Gilman of View From the Cellar. Unsurprisingly, he loved it, giving it a huge 93-point score that Sancerres rarely receive along with a full paragraph describing the beauty and depth that many of us have been enjoying for years.
93 Points, John Gilman
“The 2020 Sancerre from Dominique Roger hails entirely from his parcels in the village of Bué, with the parcels planted on the full range of terres blanches, caillottes and silex that can be found in this commune. His vines are all at least twenty-five years of age for this bottling, which he ferments and raises in stainless steel. The 2020 version is a lovely example, offering up a pure and quite complex bouquet of lime, gooseberry, fresh-cut grass, a complex base of minerality, citrus zest and a top note of white flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a superb core, a great spine of acidity and a long, superbly balanced and zesty finish. This is outstanding Sancerre! 2021-2030”.
The Sancerre Blanc is uncommonly fine, with a brilliant, pale green color and soaring aromatics of green apples, pear and jasmine.
Beautiful on its own, it could also be enjoyed with a cheese plate, a light salad or with some seasoned summer veggies.