New Sancerre, at last. $25

We’ve spent years looking for a good Sancerre source. It’s harder than you might think — Sancerre is a small appellation with a big name, and everyone wants to have the wine in their portfolio. But this spring we struck gold, and they’ve just arrived in the warehouse.

The Domaine de la Garenne is a family property based in small town a few miles from Sancerre. Several consecutive favorable mentions in the Guide Hachette led us to their door, and we were so pleased with their style that we bought three of their white cuvées and a red.

They’re all available on our website now, but if you’re looking for somewhere to start, we suggest their simplest: Sancerre 2017.



Located along the banks of the Loire River in central France, Sancerre produces wines from pure Sauvignon Blanc. The wine typically combines ripe, juicy grapefruit notes with a lively minerality, often notes of flint, and pleasant herbal finish.

Garenne’s Sancerre fits this ideal perfectly — it’s bone dry with pure sauvignon grapefruit in the nose. In the mouth it’s lively but with no astringency or grassiness. Its terroir is a mix of Sancerre’s three soil types (limestone, clay/limestone, and flint), and shows the “balance” and “ease of access” highlighted in the Guide Hachette.

We expect this to be a staple in our portfolio year round. But it’s particularly appropriate for the hot weather of late — pull a well chilled bottle from the fridge and pair it with goat cheese.



Garenne Sancerre 2017

bottle price : $25


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