Serge's Sancerre ... is slightly different somehow -- more substantial. There is what the French call agrumes which is like a bunch of citrus fruits blended together, but this wine is also honeyed and minerally and viscous and far more flavorful than the usual Sancerre...
The Laporte vineyards are located on several different sites in Chavignol. They are beautifully exposed properties on the hillsides. Terroir is important in Sancerre. Laporte's vines are planted in parcels of caillottes which is a stony limestone with little soil and also in parcels of argile-calcaire which is clayey limestone. Each soil type contributes to the wine: caillottes produce wines that are forwardly fruity with finesse, argile-calcaire creates wines that are structured and long-lived. It is just about the best combination you can have in a Sancerre.
Serge picks the grapes by hand and vinifies them parcel by parcel to assure that the individual flavors and aromas are accentuated.
|Steven Tanzer, Review: Pale gold. Crushed stone,lime zest and white pepper on the nose. Precise, elegant wine combining density with nervy, mineral- inflected citrus fruit. The lemon, spearmint and spice flavors are complicated by a soil-driven salinity and a hint of white flowers. Finishes with tangy grip and good dusty length. This would be superb with oysters or an aged goat cheese.
|This wine is also a fine match for the assertive goat's milk cheeses of the Loire. Grilled chèvre and Sancerre is a stellar combination – one that every lover of fine food and wine should experience.