Back in Stock: Perfectly Refreshing $25 Sancerre

Our Burgundy focus means we write a lot about subtlety: the nuances of terroir, the intricacies of weather patterns, etc. But sometimes we like to drink wine that’s a bit simpler — not boring or one-dimensional, just uncomplicated enjoyment.

The WSJ’s Lettie Teauge once described Sancerre as a wine about “pleasure not profundity.” And often, particularly in warm summer weather, this is all we’re looking for. Our newest Sancerre has just arrived in the warehouse (along with 16 other exciting new wines).

Last year readers quickly made the Garenne Sancerres a staple of their summer tables, and we’re confident this year’s will be just as popular.

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 2019 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 — a warm vintage gave added weight but no less freshness. Its terroir is a mix of Sancerre’s three soil types (limestone, clay/limestone, and flint), and the wine shows an appealing ripeness alongside the stones.

Serve this with goat cheese on crackers, or chicken on the grill, or a warm summer afternoon (whenever those get around to happening).


Garenne Sancerre 2019
bottle price: $25

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