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2014 Sancerre Rouge “Chant de l’Archer”

Daniel Chotard

2014 Sancerre <em>Rouge</em> “Chant de l’Archer” Daniel Chotard - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
 Mexican-Style Spare Ribs (!) à la Juliette Chotard

At first I thought the Chotards had come up with an American recipe to charm our readers, but Daniel’s wife, Juliette, assured me this is a dish she makes every year during harvest to share with their team. “Chant de l’Archer is a convivial wine that calls for a convivial recipe,” she said. Rub the ribs  with a mix ofsmoked paprika, cumin, coriander, oregano, brown sugar, cayenne, and lime zest and marinate overnight. The next day, bake for two hoursbefore firing up the grill and cooking until golden brown. Brush with chipotle  barbecue sauceand serve with lime wedges. The Sancerre rouge’s acidity and red  cherry notes complement the sweet and spicy ribs to perfection.

Emily Spillmann

Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sancerre
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Daniel Chotard
Winemaker: Daniel Chotard
Vineyard: 50 years average, .6 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone, Kimmeridgian marl
Aging: Ages both in stainless steel and barriques (2%) – barrels come from the Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy after 1, 2, and 3 years of use
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Production: 8,300 cases
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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