Sancerre AOC is an appellation for still wines of all three colours from the Central Vineyards area of the Loire Valley. It is named after one of the 14 communes entitled to the AOC, listed directly below.

Communes (14): Bannay. | Bué. | Crézancy-en-Sancerre. | Menetou-Râtel. | Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. | Montigny. | Saint-Satur. | Sainte-Gemme-en-Sancerrois. | Sancerre. | Sury-en-Vaux. | Thauvenay. | Veaugues. | Verdigny. | Vinon

Vineyard area & wine production: 2002 158,810hl hl from 2,570ha of which 126,099hl was white (Guide Hachette des Vins 2004, p.993).

Soil types & wine styles: Stony calcareous soils (‘les caillottes’, ‘les grillottes’) produce the most forward, aromatic wines, while more ageworthy ones come from Kimmeridgean era clay-limestone marl (‘terre blanche’, ‘terres blanches’) and Tertiary era flint (‘silex’) (Oz Clarke: 2015, p.231).

Wines

Sancerre Blanc AOC: 100% Sauvignon Blanc. ‘Perfectly captures the bright green tang of the Sauvignon grape,’ (Oz Clarke: 2015, p.231).

Sancerre Rosé AOC: 100% Pinot Noir. ‘Delicate, refreshingly dry,’ (Oz Clarke: 2015, p.231).

Sancerre Rouge AOC: 100% Pinot Noir. ‘From top producers now a serious proposition,’ (Oz Clarke: 2015, p.231)

Wineries

Certified Biodynamic: Château du Nozay. | Domaine Vincent Gaudry

Certified organic: Vignoble Dauny.

No certificationChâteau de Sancerre. | Domaine François Cotat.  

Bibliography

Oz Clarke, Oz Clarke Wine A-Z (Pavilion, 2015), p.231.