I just returned from a wonderful trip to London, filled with historical landmarks and family gatherings. Of course I brought back a few bottles of wine. One of these was a lovely Sancerre that my family and I enjoyed over the weekend at a barbeque. Domaine Michel Thomas 2012 Sancerre is a delicious example of this classic Loire style. Michel and his son Laurent run this family business. The family have grown grapes for many generations and have focused on winemaking since 1968. They are of the philosophy that minimal cellar intervention gives the purest expression of the vineyard.
Pale lemon in color, it has expected stone fruit and citrus notes, is medium in body and dry. I also picked up green pea and fresh cut grass notes which is also characteristic of Sauvignon Blanc. It was crisp and refreshing and the perfect apéritif on this hot day. The Loire style of Sauvignon Blanc is more subtle than you would find in a Marlborough, New Zealand example, with less bright acidity and more flint/mineral notes — though you will find the herbaceous ‘cat’s pee’ aromas in both styles. Calcified remains of an ancient seabed provide this mineral accent in the terroir as it does in nearby Chablis.
There’s also about 20% red and rosé production here. I actually just ordered a Pinot Noir Sancerre in the recent pre-harvest marathon on Last Bottle wines which I can’t wait to try.
I paid 14 pounds for the bottle, which is in the ballpark of its average web price of $23. Abv is 12.5%. I’ve been enjoying Sancerre for many years and this is a very good one – Try it!