Foucher Lebrun is a third generation operation that has been in wine business for over a century, founded in 1921 by the LeBrun-Foucher family. Besides the excellent quality of the vineyards and the organically grown fruit they select, the secret weapon here is that the wines and cuvees are selected by Jean Mounard a very well known former “Fine + Rare” wine merchant from Paris whose palate was formed by years of tasting and selling such wines as DRC, Mouton-Rothchild and Leflaive.
Located about 20 miles northeast of the town of Sancerre in the village of Alligny-Cosne, Maison Foucher makes their ‘Petit Le Mont’ Sancerre with grapes from the villages of Sancerre, Chavignol (near Monts Damnés) and d’Amignyt just like the big brother bottling. The only difference is those are always blended with some Sauvignon Blanc from outside Sancerre’s town lines, automatically turning this into a killer value.
With wonderfully chalky limestone soil, the wines have a solid core, with a wonderful roundness as well as that irresistible mineral streak. I get bright, steely notes of green apple, jasmine blossom and green melon and soaring aromatics. This is one of those wines that grows on you with each sip. It’s hard to put down.
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