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2020 Sancerre “Hameau de Reigny”

Daniel Chotard
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Say “Sancerre,” and stony, clean Sauvignon Blanc immediately springs to mind. This appellation is synonymous with clay and limestone soils that imbue its wines with racy minerality. Daniel Chotard has long been a master of such classic and pure expressions, which makes this new bottling from his son, Simon, that much more exciting. Simon, who now runs the domaine, refers to Hameau de Reigny as a “nature” wine: unfiltered, unfined, and with no sulfur dioxide added. The result is textured and tropical-fruited, yet not so much a departure from the region’s typicity, as rather, a riff on it. Aromas of passionfruit and pineapple lend a distinct and welcome playful quality, fleshing out Sancerre’s characteristic stony backbone. Bienvenue to the next generation!

Allyson Noman

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Sancerre
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Daniel Chotard
Winemaker: Simon Chotard
Vineyard: 15-75 years old; .35 ha
Aging: Aged in 400L barrels or amphorae
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Loire

map of 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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