Sancerre – 2013
Domaine de la Vauvise Sancerre Les Trois Terroirs — Reviewed by Steve Daknis
- White Wine
- 13.49% Alcohol/Vol.
- Price: $19.00
- Made in: France
- By: La Vauvise
Citrus, pears, honeysuckle, minerals, and a hint of baking soda fill the nose.
A quick check of Wikipedia tells me that Sancerre white wines are produced in or near the village of Sancerre, France (obviously) using the Sauvignon Blanc grape. For those that are interested, Sancerre lies along the Loire River and is near the geographic center of the country.
I’m nervous as I type my first wine-blog entry. So many
questions running through my mind:
Do I really know enough about wine to write a blog? (Probably not)
Will I sound too snooty? (Likely)
Will “real” wine drinker think I’m a simpleton? (Probably)
Will my brothers make fun of me? (Definitely)
With these reservations in mind, here goes.
Today’s selection is a Sancerre – 2013 Domaine de la Vauvise
Sancerre Les Trois Terroirs – to be exact. I purchased it back
in January from Trader Joe’s near the Potomac Mills Mall. The
online wine publication I subscribe to says that this bottle should
cost just under $16. I probably paid a little more than that
as those estimates are always low. Let’s say I paid $20 – an
expensive wine for many but well worth it for this particular
bottle. A quick check of Wikipedia tells me that Sancerre
white wines are produced in or near the village of Sancerre, France
(obviously) using the Sauvignon Blanc grape. For those that
are interested, Sancerre lies along
the Loire River and is near the geographic center of
I paired it with a Chilean Sea bass meal with Orzo (lots of butter
and parmesan cheese) and a salad that had romaine lettuce, dried
cranberries, and crumbled goat cheese. My daughter, Kate, made
the salad dressing but she’s gone to bed for the evening so it will
forever remain a scrumptious mystery. I think it had honey and
Dijon mustard in it but I can’t be sure.
I was trying to impress my wife with the sea bass – it’s an
expensive fish that we’ve had before. I coated the filets with
olive oil, fresh basil, fresh thyme, minced garlic, salt, and
pepper before grilling them. Overall – the meal was a success
– even my kids didn’t complain about the fish. As for the
wine, my wife and I finished the bottle between us. Wendy says
that I drank most of it but I distinctly recall filling her glass a
couple of times during the evening. We’ll call it 3 glasses
for me and 2 glasses for her. We generally don’t finish a
bottle on a weeknight so this bottle must have been good as we both
didn’t want to stop drinking it.
I picked Sancerre because I’m not a big Chardonnay fan and Sancerre
is a crisp, dry alternative to the oakey/buttery taste of a
Chardonnay. Tonight’s Sancerre had hints of apple in it and a
smooth finish. Although it’s definitely dry, it has a fruity
undertone that makes it very drinkable. This would have been a good
wine to break out on the porch over the summer but, alas, I failed
to pull it out until now.
My palate is not refined enough to compare this bottle with any
other Sancerre’s that I’ve tasted. I’ll look for this one
again the next time I’m in Trader Joe’s but Sancerre’s always catch
my eye as I enjoy drinking them. Now that I know they’re
mostly Savignon Blanc, I’ll have to try some American bottles of
this varietal – I’ll let you know how they compare when I do.
Until next time, drink more wine, and as always, Go Duke!