Sancerre – located in the upper reaches of the Loire valley in central France – is famed for producing crisp and mineral-rich Sauvignon Blanc. It’s more elegant, more ‘steely’ and less aggressively gooseberry than its New Zealand counterparts. Its popularity really took off in the 1970s and today Sancerre is a stalwart of many a wine list. This does mean, however, that there is a fair amount of overpriced or bland examples – certainly in the UK – so I was thrilled to discover this delicious bargain from Tesco.
On the nose, there’s a gentle note of gooseberries – it’s slightly floral too. On the palate, it is clean and uncomplicated, but full flavoured: refreshing lemon, grapefruit and gooseberry are complemented by a flinty minerality. French Sauvignon Blanc is classically paired with goats cheese, which is a speciality of the Loire valley, but enjoy it with salads and light dishes too such as this herby Freekeh Tabbouleh. Spicy food also works well with aromatic Sauvignon Blanc.
At a glance
- Style? Dry white wine
- Where is it from? Sancerre, France
- What’s the grape? Sauvignon Blanc
- Tastes of? Lemon, tart gooseberries and slightly grassy
- What food would complement it? Salads and curries