According to Decanter's article, you should be quaffing down delicious pinots from Sancerre and they are not wrong. For approximately seven centuries, Sancerre was
better known for its reds more than the whites, and was in fact
served at royal courts on both sides of the channel; until vineyards were severely devastated by deadly phylloxera.
At Domaine Vacheron, a leading winery in Sancerre, Pinot Noir
transcends mere afterthought, and is a focus with the soils just a couple of hours west of Burgundy.
According to Jean-Laurent Vacheron, "We are closer to the Côte D'Or in Burgundy than we are to most other areas in the Loire, and we have the same soils". With experience working in Burgundy and California with Aubert De Villaine of Domaine Romanee Conti, he further explains that the domaine follows a Burgundian approach, with their 11.5 hectares resembling a cross between the
powerful Bonnes Mares and the
elegant Volnay style.
Grand Vin is proud to offer
Domaine Vacheron's Sancerre Rouge (Pinot Noir) offerings. The domaine's
top cuvée Belle Dame, are made from 45-year-old vines using whole berries, unstemmed, soaked for seven to ten days in tank, followed by cold fermentation and passive extraction. This results in a
Burgundian style Pinot Noir that is amazing to drink on its own or to pair with food.