2020 Domaine Du Carrou Sancerre "Les Deserts"Sauvignon Blanc from France
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Since the 1700s the Roger family has been producing Sancerre in the small hamlet of Bué, and Dominique Roger now proudly leads the charge at Domaine du Carrou. No herbicides o...
Since the 1700s the Roger family has been producing Sancerre in the small hamlet of Bué, and Dominique Roger now proudly leads the charge at Domaine du Carrou. No herbicides or pesticides are utilized at the estate, and all harvesting is still done by hand to this day. Their steadfast dedication to allowing the fruit to fully, naturally ripen on the steep south facing slopes of the "Les Déserts" vineyard site creates a wine that is so unique that I'd rank it alongside the likes of Ladoucette, Mellot, Vacheron, et. al. Yes, it ABSOLUTELY is that good, and rapidly becoming my absolute favorite producer in the region.
The "Les Déserts" vineyard is planted atop Kimmeridgian soil which imparts a Chablis-eque quality to the wine; a unique hybrid of sorts that has the weight of Sauvignon Blanc with the mineralistic character you find in top quality 1er Cru Chablis. This 2020 release is simply jaw-dropping: a pale yellow and very bright, the nose shows white florals, slate, lemon zest and the mildest tinge of herb. On the palate you have Sancerre classicism with an added layer of complexity: racy lemon acidity, mild stone fruits (peach?), crisp Granny Smith apple all lead to the long and layered finish that is packed with verve and complexity. In a nutshell, this is bonkers good.
|Taste||grass, gooseberry, grapefruit, lime, melon, citrus, mineral and flint|
|Nose||apple, pear, kiwi, citrus, stone, grapefruit and melon|