Chotard Sancerre 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Simply OUTSTANDING Sauvignon Blanc at this price point.

Producer/Winery: Simon Chotard; Domaine Daniel Chotard; Reigny, France.

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Sancerre; Loire Valley, France.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $22.50 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Basal pesto chicken and pasta with a garden salad


    Chilled before drinking. Clear, wheat straw color. Strong aromas of lime, gooseberry, California grapefruit and the air in a stone spring-house over limestone geology. Smooth entry, robust, tense, light-medium body and a 400-grit texture. Easily identifiable flavors of lemon grass, lime, tart honey-dew melon and freshly sliced “California Wonder” peppers that are all intertwined with a mineral taste. Crisp acidity and a long citrus tasting finish. This was VERY well balanced and refreshing, but it really comes alive from mid-palate to the very end. It starts like a ballerina on her toes and finishes with dramatic Rudolf Nureyev leaps!!! When we selected this wine for our dinner we expected a more typical Loire Sauvignon Blanc, instead we found a unique and very special wine that turned our dinner into a memorable event. I was particularly taken by the scent of the mineral in the aroma, usually it’s just a taste…even without seeing it I can imagine the rich diversity of plant life on the Chotard limestone landscape. Needless to say you can tell we were very taken by this wine. It’s one of those wines where all the stars have lined up and the result was simply OUTSTANDING Sauvignon Blanc at this price point. This is a very special wine that’s way undervalued!!!

Chotard vineyard in the Lorie Valley
Photo from Domaine Daniel Chotard.
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Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 7 61503 44326 7

Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.