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Star of the Region Never Disappoints
Domaine Vacheron is one of the absolute stars of Sancerre that produces a vast range of the classic white wine made of Sauvignon Blanc. However, the range also includes one of the broadest selections of Sancerre Rouge made of Pinot Noir and one of our all-time favorite Rose!
This property is in its prime right now. The wines have never been better and more intellectually appealing. The depth and character of the single vineyard / single plot Sancerre makes one rethink their expectations of Sancerre. Over the years the Vacheron cousins have not only expanded their range of single expression sites but they have also made the decision to age their Sancerre longer in large casks and in bottles on numerous cuvees, releasing wines onto the market with up to five years of age in some cases.
These are Sancerre that are built upon textures, and nuances that are rarely captured in this village where cool, racy Sauvignon Blanc thrives. Here we have Sauvignon Blanc that rivals white Burgundy and Pinot Noir too!
“The domain of Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron, certified biodynamic since 2005 and farming 34 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 11 hectares of Pinot Noir in the Sancerre AOP, is producing world class white and also red wines predominantly yet not exclusively on silex soils...
I have tasted all the wines only recently which helped me a lot to better understand the different terroirs and their special talents especially when highlighted by the particular vintage. It's here where vintage and terroir communicate in the most humble way. That'a why label drinking is useless here. As long as you have a Vacheron in your glass you won't get disappointed.” –Stephan Reinbhardt (3/2021)
“Located in one of the narrow, winding streets of Sancerre central, cousins Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron make benchmark Sancerre from organic and biodynamically farmed single vineyards. They start with good base material. Old-vine plantings are on some of the best sites, predominantly in the east of the appellation… The single vineyard wines are all fermented in large wooden tanks while its straight Sancerre Blanc, a blend of parcels (limestone 45%, flint 45% and 10% marl) is fermented in tank after being hand harvested. It is a stellar ‘entry’ wine. There’s always a sense of ease and precision in the Vacheron wines thanks to their on-going TLC. The cousins have recently completed a new cellar to make red wine – yes, red Sancerre – and these wines deserve to be championed. Its flagship Pinot Noir, Belle Dame, is worthy of Burgundy collectors’ cellars and always impresses with its underlying power allied with delicacy. In short, you will never be disappointed by this estate.” –Rebecca Gibb, MW (8/2022)