Producer: Domaine Alain Gueneau
Wine: 2017 Sancerre Blanc "La Guiberte"
Terroir: Calcareous clay soil, known as "terres blanches"
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc - no oak
Nose: Boxwood, white blossoms, peaches, elder blossom, delicate grass, and thyme
Palate: Lovely richness with balanced fruit, wonderful mineral and zippy acidity. Finish is full-bodied with great length.
Food: Apéritif or with seafood and fish. The most famous pairing is Goat cheese - Crottin de Chavignol
Cellaring: Drink now through 2020
Domaine Alain Gueneau - Sancerre (Loire)
Covering 37 acres of sloping vineyards, the Alain Gueneau estate is located in Sury-en-Vaux, Sancerre and Chavignol. The family owned and operated domaine was passed down to Alain from his parents. Today, Alain's daughter Elisa joins him in managing the property in preparation of one day running it herself. Their prime vineyards are planted mostly with Sauvignon Blanc with small quantities of Pinot Noir. 80% of the estate is composed of “terres blanches” or white earth. The remaining 20% is made up of “caillottes”, soil strewn with tiny stones. The vines are pruned in single Guyot style. To combat erosion, grass is grown between the rows of vines except for a narrow strip at their base which is worked regularly. Environmentally friendly techniques are used based on necessity and climatic conditions. Alain and Elisa produce artisan and classic wines true to the Sancerre style and terroir.