Producer: Elisa Gueneau
Wine: 2018 Sancerre Blanc "La Griffe du Silex"
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Nose: Great representation of vines planted on flint soil. Aromas of stone fruit, acacia, lemon meringue, citrus oil, honey and hints of vanilla bean.
Palate: Extremely complex with a huge punch of green apple, gooseberry, stone fruit, flint and subtle thyme. Full-bodied with pronounced mineral backbone and an amazing finish.
Food: Apéritif, chicken in a cream sauce with Chanterelle mushrooms, lobster, fish & chips, cheese puffs, roasted chicken, cheese tortellini and spaghetti carbonara. The most famous pairing is Goat cheese - Crottin de Chavignol on a toasted country bread.
Cellaring: Drink now through 2027
Covering 37 acres of sloping vineyards, the 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 is the winemaker and manages the property herself. The 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 on very steep plots, 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. Elisa produces artisan and classic wines true to the Sancerre style and terroir.