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  1. DAGUENEAU 2016 BLANC FUME DE POUILLY

    Item #: i_352097
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    There are few winemakers in history as bullish or brazen, roguish or renegade, as the Loire Valley's Didier Dagueneau. High-standards, incredible risk-taking, impeccable attention to detail, zealous allegiance to his terroir, and a willingness to take a stand against convention made this once-professional motorcycle sidecar racer the stuff of legends.

    However dare-devilish in both winemaking and in life, Didier's untimely death in a plane crash in 2008 shook the wine community to its core. Fortunately for all who love Didier's wines, his oldest son, Louis-Benjamin, is now steering the domaine with the audacity, passion and talent that many critics and wine-lovers agree equal those of his father.

    Famous in the Loire and throughout the world for perfumed Sauvignon blanc, Pouilly-Fume sits due east, across the Loire River from Sancerre. Limestone soils with clay and flint (also called silex) contribute to the wines' freshness and often times smoky, flinty, mineral character.
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  2. DAGUENEAU 2017 BLANC FUME DE POUILLY

    Item #: i_352281
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  3. DAGUENEAU 2017 POUILLY FUME PUR SANG

    Item #: i_334028
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  4. DE LADOUCETTE 2018 COMTE LAFOND SANCERRE GRAND CUVEE

    Item #: i_311491
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Beautiful crystalline dress, pale gold. The olfactory expression opens immediately on a succession of shades that are constantly renewed. First citrus fruits (orange peel and lemon), then summer fruits (white peach and pear) finally honey notes on a subtle background of peppermint... an excellent complexity that translates richness and elegance. The lively and very frank attack precedes the acidulous roundness of the summer fruits expressed by the nose which are mingled with the refreshing flavors of exotic fruits (lychee, mango). Then, in delicate harmony, the fat and smells of fresh almond and pear are revealed. The finish, based on a stony minerality, is prolonged on notes of very ripe lemon. This wine pairs beautifully with shellfish, seafood and goat cheeses.
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  5. DOMAINE REUILLY 2019 SAUVIGNON LES FOSSILES

    Item #: i_354093
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 91 POINTS - "The name of this bright, mineral-driven wine recalls the fossilized shells that make up the chalk soil of the region. A dense, richly fruity character counterbalances the tight texture. Give it a few months and it will be poised and elegant. Organic and biodynamic."
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  6. DOMAINE SYLVAIN BAILLY 2019 SANCERRE TERROIRS

    Item #: i_311146
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is a classic styled Sancerre from Bailly's vineyards in and around the village of Bué, one of the greatest villages in the appellation. This wine is jammed full with minerals, citrus and and rich, melon fruit. This wine will sing with most anything you pair with it especially goat cheese or shellfish.
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  7. 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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  8. FRANCOIS COTAT 2019 SANCERRE ROSE

    Item #: i_351338
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Francois Cotat produces ageworthy Sancerre from his only 3 hectare estate at the heart of the prized Chavignol commune. Francois adopt a very traditional, non-interventionist approach. He racks according to the phases of the moon and the wines develop with age and, the very best vintages, can be cellared for more than 50 years.

    With only 0.5 hectares dedicated to the production of reds and rosés, this is a very confidential cuvée. The vines are facing north and planted on a very rich limestone and clay soil. The wine is aged in stainless steel and stands somewhere is between freshness and greediness.
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  9. FRANCOIS CROCHET 2018 SANCERRE LE PETIT CHEMARIN

    Item #: i_353891
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Petit Chemarin is one of Vincent’s top cuvées, from an exposed vineyard entirely composed of chalky, stony soil. Planted in 1968, the roots have dug down into the limestone, resulting in a wine of stunningly intense minerality. Fermentation takes place in a combination of predominantly old 600ltr oak barrels, with ageing on lees in tank before bottling.
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  10. FRANCOIS CROCHET 2018 SANCERRE LES AMOUREUSES

    Item #: i_353890
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    François Crochet’s single-vineyard cru, Sancerre “Les Amoureuses” is called that because the vines grow on soils that have heavier clay content than his other parcels. “The one in love” is a reference to the clay in the vineyard sticking to the boots. The most powerful and generous wine within François’ range of white Sancerre—it’s a crowd pleaser. It’s fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in a large, twenty-liter old tronconic (vertical and slightly tapered at the top) French oak vat.
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  11. GERARD BOULAY 2019 SANCERRE CHAVIGNOL

    Item #: i_353640
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ORGANICALLY FARMED

  12. 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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  13. LUCIEN CROCHET 2018 SANCERRE LE CHENE MARCHAND

    Item #: i_353908
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Aromas of white fruit, peach then pear and pebble (terroir). Beautiful tension and expression of the calcareous terroir, mineral with aromas of white fruit. Nice balance between tension and roundness.
    Organic fertilizers have been used since 1989
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  14. PASCAL COTAT 2019 SANCERRE LA GRANDE COTE

    Item #: i_345352
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This wine has a well-defined personality with a creamy texture and aromas of ripe fruit beautifully held by a crisp freshness. The depth of this wine is enormous, it is ample, rich and very balanced by a pure and salivating mineral expression! This Sancerre will be perfectly married to seafood, fish, crustaceans and of course accompanied by goat cheeses.

    "Pascal Cotat Sancerre: A must-have for the cellar

    From gear head, to grape man. While Pascal Cotat's first passion may have been restoring old cars, wine—especially his family's Sauvignon Blanc—was a fast second.

    No one can doubt that winemaking runs in the blood of the Cotat family. On the slopes of the Monts Damnés in Chavignol, the family has tended both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir since the end of the second World War. It was only in the 1990s when two brothers, Paul and Francis, handed over the family domaine to their sons, Francois and Pascal, respectively. Today there are two Cotat domaines-one in Chavignol, headed by Francois, and one in Sancerre, run by Pascal. What sets these cousins apart is less important than what they share-a passion for natural winemaking and a truly amazing touch with Sauvignon Blanc.

    Pascal believes in natural winemaking-the vast majority of his plots are cared for organically, often combining seaweed and other natural preparations to fertilize his vines. Harvest is never rushed; in fact, Pascal (as does his cousin Francois) harvests more than a week after every other winery in the region. Needless to say, extra maturity on the vine means extra body and complexity in the wine. Vineyards are located on very steep slopes, requiring a hand harvest that has become a bit of a pilgrimage for Cotat devotees. The steepest plots can only be worked by sliding down with a cushion tied to your rear while you hold the bucket in front of you. The cousins invented this amusing system, and pickers come from all over Europe every year to volunteer for the harvest.

    Grapes from each vineyard plot are vinified separately. The Cotat family pioneered single-vineyard bottlings in Sancerre, and each terroir—whether "Les Monts Damnes" or "Grande Cote" - has its own unique personality. Soils share the same chalky heart as do those in Chablis. In general Pascal wines show a more luxurious, plush mouthfeel in combination with this balanced acidity. (François wines, in comparison, often show more flinty, Chablis-like notes.) Wines are always bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Cotat's wines truly benefit from age. While these wines are irresistible when they are young, one of the unique pleasures of putting down a few bottles is to later discover a rich, custard-like Sancerre that defies everything you would expect from racy Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc." - NORTH BERKELEY IMPORTS
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  15. PASCAL COTAT 2019 SANCERRE LES MONTS DAMNES

    Item #: i_345353
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    "Francois Cotat Sancerre: A must-have for the cellar

    From gear head, to grape man. While Cotat's first passion may have been restoring old cars, wine-especially his family's Sauvignon Blanc-was a fast second.

    No one can doubt that winemaking runs in the blood of the Cotat family. On the slopes of the Monts Damnés in Chavignol, the family has tended both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir since the end of the second World War. It was only in the 1990s when two brothers, Paul and Francis, handed over the family domaine to their sons, Francois and Pascal, respectively. Today there are two Cotat domaines-one in Chavignol, headed by Francois, and one in Sancerre, run by Pascal. What sets these cousins apart is less important than what they share-a passion for natural winemaking and a truly amazing touch with Sauvignon. He believes in natural winemaking-the vast majority of his plots are cared for organically, often combining seaweed and other natural preparations to fertilize his vines. Harvest is never rushed; in fact, He harvests more than a week after every other winery in the region. Needless to say, extra maturity on the vine means extra body and complexity in the wine. Vineyards are located on very steep slopes, requiring a hand harvest that has become a bit of a pilgrimage for Cotat devotees. The steepest plots can only be worked by sliding down with a cushion tied to your rear while you hold the bucket in front of you. The cousins invented this amusing system, and pickers come from all over Europe every year to volunteer for the harvest.

    Grapes from each vineyard plot are vinified separately. The Cotat family pioneered single-vineyard bottlings in Sancerre, and each terroir—whether "Les Monts Damnes" or "Grande Cote" - has its own unique personality. Soils share the same chalky heart as do those in Chablis. In general Pascal wines show a more luxurious, plush mouthfeel in combination with this balanced acidity. (François wines, in comparison, often show more flinty, Chablis-like notes.) Wines are always bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Cotat's wines truly benefit from age. While these wines are irresistible when they are young, one of the unique pleasures of putting down a few bottles is to later discover a rich, custard-like Sancerre that defies everything you would expect from racy Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc." - NORTH BERKELEY IMPORTS
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  16. PATIENT COTTAT 19 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_345938
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley is sourced from vineyards in Touraine and Anjou. It is made in manner to preserve freshness. Clean, crisp and dry with flavors of citrus, passion fruit, gooseberry and minerality.
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  17. 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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  18. SALVARD 2019 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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  19. VINCENT PINARD 2018 SANCERRE CHEMARIN

    Item #: i_351303
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Sustainable with no chemical treatments or pesticides. From 2018 in conversion to Bio-dynamic.
    “Top notch Sancerres from a leading family domaine. Every bottling is recommended.” Jacqueline Friedrich, The Wines of France.
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  20. 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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