Domaine Daulny Sancerre 2018

Top Sancerre Deal of the Summer: 2019 Domaine Etienne Daulny Sancerre

The Domaine Daulny Sancerre truly showcases why Sancerre is one of the best Sauvignon Blanc regions in the world. The fresh and new 2019 vintage comes from one that producers and critics are calling very good to great.

Another in a string of great Loire Valley vintages, 2019 was warmer than usual, but the Sauvignon Blancs maintained their bright and refreshing personalities. Etienne Daulny is reporting a vintage marked by very high quality as well as good yields. Put simply, 2019 will go down as a great year marked by highly aromatic and flavor-packed Sauvignon Blancs.  

Domaine Daulny Sancerre

2019 Domaine Daulny Sancerre

“The essence of Sauvignon Blanc, the essence of Sancerre.” – JS

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Year in and year out, Domaine Daulny makes one of my favorite Sancerres in the world. The estate contains 15 hectares of diverse plots from varying types of soil, including clay and flint and Portlandian and Kimmeridgian. I know it isn’t fun to talk about “dirt,” but these soil types, rich with limestone, are the ones that give Sancerre its noted minerality. In addition, Etienne includes old vine “stuff” from some of Sancerre’s top parcels, including plantings from Les Monts Damnés, Les Bois Butteux, and La Perriere.

As Sancerre has grown in popularity in the US and the world, prices have risen while quality has fallen. Many producers are just “calling it in,” bottling insipid, uninspiring Sauvignon Blanc that can still carry the Sancerre designation. I have enjoyed Daulny’s Sancerres for 20 years, and I can promise you this estate’s wines are better than ever.

After tasting the 2019 vintage of this wine, I bought all 60 bottles my distributor would allow. This is what Sancerre is supposed to taste like! Made from 50+ year old Sauvignon Blanc vines, fermented in stainless steel and aged on its fine lees, this captures the essence of the grape and the place. Ripe citrus and pear are front and center with fennel, grapefruit zest and saline mineral notes in the background. Concentrated and flavor-packed on the palate, the wine maintains wonderful balance and elegance.

With spring on the horizon, drink this gorgeous Sancerre with or without food. One of my favorite pairings is a big salad with fresh veggies and one key ingredient — goat cheese. Some of the finest goat cheeses in the world are made in the Loire Valley and what grows together goes together. Give it a try and report back.

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Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville