Domaine Thibault et Jennifer Denizot, Verdigny, Sancerre

The ‘classic’ Sancerre blanc comes from a selection of sites within the Amigny, Verdigny and Sancerre triangle. The equivalent red is produced from three parcels in Amigny and Verdigny, including grapes from the evocatively named parcel, ‘Pain Perdu’ and raised in concrete tanks.

In addition to the generic wines there are three single vineyard expressions. Of the two whites, Damocles is from La Côte de L’Épée in Amigny, a steep limestone slope which faces south-east, enjoying a view of the butte of Sancerre. Les Bouffants is technically in Verdigny, but on the calcaire and griotte-based slope that connects Chavignol to outskirts of the town of Sancerre and a natural extension of Les Monts Damnés. The 2018 is the first single vineyard bottling. Both wines are vinified in demi-muid and cigare.

The red, Biorga, is sourced from the argilo-calcaire soils of Les Beaux Regards in Verdigny. The fruit from these 60 year old vieilles vignes is fermented in tank, but aged in barrel.

Whilst pricing in the appellation continues to escalate out of control, Thibault recognises he needs to prove himself. For that reason, the wines are properly priced, given what is happening globally in the region. This may not always be the case, once Thibault starts to get the recognition he deserves.

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