La Perrière Sancerre Blanc, Sancerre, 2017, Loire Valley, France
£28.75 (inc VAT)
This is, at first taste, an “average” Sancerre, in that it's right in the archetypal flavour profile you'd expect. But the first swallow will remind you that don't always need to do something wild to be impressive; sometimes you can just take a classic and do it very, very well. Crisp, well-structured and supple with balanced minerality and white fruit notes. Bright with a hint of green, this cries out for some good sushi or a light fish dish.
La Perrière at Sancerre is something special. La Perrière’s vineyards, located in Verdigny-en-Sancerre, extend over 5 different districts and produce prestigious Sancerre appellation wines. La Perrière possesses a unique, single 10 hectares block of vineyards planted on flint soils, known to be the most suitable for the production of fine Sauvignon Blanc wines. But there's something more... the winery tanks are in a cave! A huge, naturally forming cave. It's a heck of a site (and a sight), almost as breathtaking as their incredible whites – especially their Sauvignon Blancs.