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  1. DOMAINE VACHERON 2018 SANCERRE "PARADIS"

    Item #: i_353269
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Aromas of orange and lemon zest, wildflowers. Vibrant and precise, with a nervous tension throughout. Stone fruit, sea-salt, more citrus.
    PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Rich seafood; white meats; cream sauces

    "A classic Sancerre, with a racy profile and a sea-salty finish. This very steep vineyard has barely any soil, so vines feed directly from the region’s solid chalk “mother rock” below." - NORTH BERKELEY IMPORTS

    Fermented on indigenous yeasts in large, upright wooden fermentation tanks (from 25-36HL). Racked, then aged for one year in same wooden tank. Unfiltered.
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  2. FRANCOIS CROCHET 2018 SANCERRE LES CHENE MARCHANDS

    Item #: i_353892
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Decanter: 94
    DECANTER 94 POINTS - "This white, the best of the line-up from this domain, comes from a 27ha lieu-dit on limestone soils. Pear notes combine with compelling menthol and chlorophyll aromas and flavours. The palate is dense and fleshy yet incisive and perfectly balanced. Should age beautifully."
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  3. JULIEN PINEAU 2018 ROCHE BLANCHE SAUVIGNON BLANC 24 HOUR SKIN MACERATION, NO SULFUR ADDED

    Item #: i_353326
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BIODYNAMIC, NO SULFUR ADDED

    Julien Pineau, who now owns 6.5 hectares of the Clos Roche Blanche, is making briliant wines, including this distinctive Sauvignon Blanc. Produced without the addition of SO2, this is a lovely natural wine that benefits from decanting or aeration, then shows aromas of white fruits, melon, lemon zest and lime-flower with bright herbal notes and a lifting hint of oxidation. The palate is intensely flavored with quince, dried herbs, grapefruit rind and minerals backed by very firm acidity. The finish is very long with white fruits, citrus, herbal and mineral flavors.
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  4. LA RAIMBAUDERIE 2018 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_345552
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Roger & Didier Raimbault have been growing grapes in Sancerre for ten generations. Experience, technical savoir-faire and nature combined allow them to produce wines of great quality, respecting the typical characteristics of each vintage. The estate is located in Verdigny in the heart of Sancerre with two vineyards, Les Terres Blanches and Les Caillottes. The two grape varieties that are used in Sancerre are Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The white wines are fresh, fruity and elegant, the rosés are delicate and subtle and the reds are perfumed and smooth. “When nature gives you a treasure, please respect and share it”.

    Light yellow with gold tints. An elegant nose that is fruity with aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Beautifully fresh, intense aromas that come from ripe sauvignon blanc. Good length and minerality. Can be enjoyed as an aperitif, with sea-food, fish dishes or cheese.
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  5. LUCIEN CROCHET 2018 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_370710
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The grapes for this basic cuvée of Sancerre are sourced from the vineyards in Bué, Vinon and Crézancy. After harvest, fermentation is done in stainless steel cuves at temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius. As with all the whites at the domaine, this wine sits in contact with the fine lies for a considerable period of time with the racking being done late in the spring following harvest. The first bottling occurs no earlier than July and frequently does not occur until September of the year following harvest.
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  6. PASCAL JOLIVET 2018 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_350362
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Domaine Pascal Jolivet. Terroir: Situated 125 miles south of Paris, the Sancerre landscape undulates at an altitude between 650 and 1,300 feet. The Loire River on the Eastern side of the hilly environment creates a relatively temperate microclimate for the wines. Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc is sourced from three vineyards in the heart of the appellation.

    Pale and vibrant in color. The Pascal Jolivet Sancerre is fresh, clean and screaming with racy acidity. On the palate it is fresh and tightly wound; acidity is tempered by very subtle residual sugar; very clean; alive, racy, youthful. Overall, a dry and elegant wine.
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  7. PIERRE RIFFAULT 2018 SANCERRE 7 HOMMES

    Item #: i_353069
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Enthusiast: 90
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "This rich Sancerre is full of white fruits as well as the more familiar herbal characteristics. It is taut, with a sculptured texture. The wine is not quite ready and will be better from early 2020."
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  8. SALVARD 2018 VAL DU LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC UNIQUE DELAILLE

    Item #: i_351554
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    "I often find writing about our most popular everyday wines to be unexpectedly difficult. These wines are beloved by our regular clients, instantly recognizable by label, well-priced, and sell briskly by the case. What more really needs to be said? “Not much,” I thought at first. “I’ll dash this off so I can focus on writing about our more iconic wines.” But I came to realize that this attitude was not only lazy, but wrongheaded, too. Why shouldn’t a wine like Domaine du Salvard’s piquant Sauvignon Blanc—a mainstay on our clients’ tables that’s often referred to as the “Butterfly wine” because of the butterfly on the label—get its due? It’s lip-smackingly delicious vintage after vintage, and there’s plenty of it to go around. Quality in quantity is no mean feat. And there’s always just the right amount of crispness; it’s never flabby or austere. There are citrus notes and grassiness, as any classic Loire Sauvignon Blanc should have, but never to excess. It pairs well with just about everything, and a case can be had for a pretty reasonable price. If that doesn’t deserve high praise I don’t know what does! To that end, I’m christening the Sauvignon Blanc “Unique” an icon of a different sort, an icon of affordability. Its pleasures are open for all to taste and enjoy." KERMIT lYNCH
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  9. VACHERON 2018 SANCERRE LES ROMAINS

    Item #: i_353396
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Organic viticulture has been a goal of the family for a number of years; as of 2003, the entire estate was certified organic. The following year the winery was converted completely to biodynamic agriculture--to be sure, you won't find more terroir-driven Sancerre anywhere else in the appellation. Jean-Dominique and Jean-Laurent Vacheron are ably leading the domaine to ever-loftier winemaking heights. The wines speak for themselves—always consistent, the quality of Vacheron Sancerre continues to astound.
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  10. VINCENT PINARD 2018 SANCERRE NUANCE

    Item #: i_353784
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is an incredible Sancerre, barrel fermented, giving it a gentle creaminess that is balanced with fresh, bright stones fruits. Nuance is a powerful old-vine Sauvignon Blanc. Hints of flint, stone fruits, herbs de Provence, and a gorgeous, delicate jolt of fresh lemon in the finish. A serious Sancerre from one of the leading producers who follow exceptional farming practices on the top parcels in the region. A must-try for Sancerre lovers everywhere.
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