2010 Daniel Chotard Sancerre

Year: 2010
Appellation: Loire Valley
Country: France
White Wine
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As with Loire Pouilly Fume mentioned above, here is another winning white Sauvignon Blanc from 2010 and from the equally famous adjacent township of Sancerre. Where as the Pouilly-Fume is a slightly more full bodied wine, this Sancerre may be a touch less rich, but this is more then made up for by it having a bit more elegance and a crisp-zesty very appealing almost ideal acid balance. Bottom line adored them both can and visualize both as a great dry white to have with your Thanksgiving feast. (In my opinion, you do need something to make Turkey taste exciting and these Loire wines are superb candidates).

Daniel Chotard is one of the best wine producers in Sancerre and his 2010, besides offering its excellent bal¬ance, pours forth most appealing classic Sauvignon Blanc tastes and aromas of ripe citrus as in fresh grapefruit and lemon, peaches, papaya and herbal touches. Most enjoyable now the wine will continue to offer much pleasure for another 3 or 4 years.


PRICE: $21.95 ***bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
Daniel Chotard and his wife, Brigitte, live just outside Sancerre in the village of Reigny. The Chotard family has been making wine for well over two hundred years, though Daniel was initially reluctant to accept the family vocation and started as a teacher. Daniel is a bit of a Renaissance man. His enthusiasm and passion for learning extends beyond wine and into music; he is a gifted guitarist and accordion player. A simple visit to his website illustrates the symmetry between his music and his wines. Sauvignon Blanc is more than a grape varietal; it is a tempo as well. He organizes lively music and wine soirées that showcase wine as an equally compelling art form to jazz. He has also invited Kermit to bring his rootsy band to perform in Sancerre – stay tuned for concert dates!

The terroir of Sancerre is widely regarded as producing one of the greatest expressions of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Sancerre was once more celebrated for its red wine, a Parisian bistro favorite. The Chotards grow Pinot Noir as well, used to make both red wine and rosé. The hilltop town of Sancerre is surrounded by a commune of villages that collectively make up its eponymous appellation, and each village is blessed with varieties of a distinct limestone that imbues a lengthy mineral component to its wines. Daniel farms the slopes of the village Crezancy-en-Sancerre, where flint meets clay and the famous Kimmeridgian limestone. He practices sustainable farming, and uses organic composts to treat the vines. Typically, he harvests his grapes later than his neighbors which results in less of the acidity that is so typical of the appellation. Aging the wine on its lees further rounds the mid-palate. Like his jazz, Daniel’s wines are luscious and complex with deep notes and long, satisfying finales.