Keep Sancerre Sincere

I was recently catching up with an old acquaintance, a financial advisor from the DC area whom I’ve known since I interned for his team as a teenager in high school. We were catching up on old times, and the conversation started to veer down the path of our travels.  He was telling the story of France, and how he, as an almost natural instinct, began to speak in a french accent due to the lack of proficiency in the native tongue. While taking a short day trip to Versailles, he ran into a gentleman who asked him to take a photograph for him, in English, and he too, had a French accent. After a few pleasantries were exchanged, the conversation revealed something quite interesting – “you’re from Boston? I’m from the east coast!”. And all bets were off.

While it is of the utmost importance to live the experience, live as you are, and break up the solid line every now and again, when it comes to Sancerre, let’s keep in sincere.

Sancerre is a French wine appellation in the Loire valley, which produces excellent Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. I am a huge fan of the Sauv Blanc, as it has characteristics that are distinctively Sancerre – minerals, stone, clay, gravel…but with gooseberry and peaches.

Malolactic fermentation has begun to surface itself in the production of Sancerre Blanc. Claims are that it helps in rounding out the flavors and softening the naturally high acidity of the grape. Some wine makers, like those in New Zealand and Sancerre, prefer stainless steel fermentation tanks to maintain its integrity; why mess with a good thing? Keep it sincere. Keep it Sancerre.

If you’re looking for a great bottle, I’d recommend 2010 Christian Lauverjat Sancerre Moulin des Vrillères | France | Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre