The AOC Sancerre is located in the Center-Loire sub-region, in the natural area “les collines de Sancerrois”. The vineyards cover about 28 square kilometers, on the right bank of the river, in the north-east of the department of Cher, in France. This AOC produces 16,400,000 liters of wines, in average, annually.

The grounds hosting the vine Sancerre are often very steep. The vineyards then benefit from many micro climates because of this exposure which can be very variable. The conditions mark the wines, complexity, echoing their vineyard. These hills of Sancerrois save the soil, the strong winds and the rain (least important rainfall of the sub-region Center-Loire), which is more favorable to the good maturity of the grapes. The soils are called white earths, pebbles and graviottes. In total, 14 viticultural towns make up the AOC Sancerre, from Montigny to Bannay. As for the entire Center-Loire sub-region, Sauvignon is the only varietal used for making white wines, and Pinot Noir for red and rosé wines.

The wines of Sancerre AOC have a great diversity reflecting the wide variety of soil types that welcome the vines. The white earth wines develop with age but offer opulent aromas from their youth. The white wines produced there are of good quality and have a good reputation. The wines from the coats and gravestones are generally fine, tender and fruity, with aromas of white peach and linden. Depending on the vintage, the reds can be very interesting and also good.

 

A part of important features of Sancerre appellation for white wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Clay-limestone.
  • Taste: Soft.
  • Wine color: White.
  • Aromas: Opulent.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 6 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C

 

A part of important features of Sancerre appellation for red wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Clay-limestone.
  • Taste: Balanced.
  • Wine color: Red.
  • Aromas: Peach and linden.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 8 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of important features of Sancerre appellation for rose wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Clay-limestone.
  • Taste: Soft.
  • Wine color: Rose.
  • Aromas: Peach and linden.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 6 years.
  • Serving temperature: 9 to 11° C

Region Highlights

Surface: About 28 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Sancerre
Grapes: Pinot Noir and Sauvignon.
Types of Wines: White Wine, Rose Wine, Red Wine

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