Sancerre Wines: An Elegance Unmatched
Jun 14,2023 | Ambrosia Daily
Sancerre's primary grape varietal is Sauvignon Blanc. Of course, Sauvignon Blanc is a widely planted varietal around the world, but what sets Sancerre wines apart is the region's distinct blend of terroir, climate, and winemaking techniques.
One of the primary differences you'll taste between Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc and other regions is the herbaceousness of the wine. Sancerre soil is rich in limestone, clay which gives the wine a distinct minerality, while the cooler climate also allows grapes to develop more slowly, building up more complex characteristics.
In comparison to New Zealand or South African Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre's climate provides a more restrained fruit profile. The combination of lush green grape fruitiness and piercing minerality that balances the acidity gives the wine a refreshing and delicate style.
Another unique elegance is found in red wines of Sancerre, which are produced with a grape varietal called Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir represents the main grape planted for the AOC Rosé Sancerre, with wines for all-day drinking, and AOC red Sancerre offering a feeling of elegance much like Burgundy wines. These ruby red wines have bright fruits, floral aromatics, lively acid that adds life—the French finesse that guaranteeing the wine ages well.
While Sancerre often has similar acidic characteristics to Chablis, the latter has a more mineral-dominant and less floral-driven note. Meanwhile, Sancerre red produces wines that feel less overpowering in alcohol than the pinot noirs found in Burgundy.
Sancerre wines offer something elegant in flavor found nowhere else. With tart fruits, a refined character, and a luscious mouthfeel, coupled with light florals, you’ll be left with a gratifying taste that will have you looking for more.