'[Vacheron is] surely one of the highlights in the Sancerrois,' says the Wine Advocate. Now run by cousins Jean-Dominique and Jean-Laurent Vacheron, they make benchmark Loire Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from some of the best sites in the appellation – farmed biodynamically since 2005. The Wine Advocate continues, 'the cousins demonstrate that the Sancerreois is no less fascinating than the Côte d'Or.'
Their straight 2020 Sancerre is the perfect introduction. 'Most producers can only dream of an 'entry-level' wine that's this good,' writes Vinous. Their single-vineyard wines are all fermented separately in large wooden foudres. Both the 2019 Les Romains (where everything started in 1968) and the 2019 Chambrates, from the limestone and red clay plateau, show another level of intensity, power and, of course, salinity and mineralité.
Made from Pinot Noir, the 2018 Vacheron Sancerre Rouge is a finely-knit red made by white wine specialists. It has the same finesse and effortlessness of their Sauvignons, with the added stony flintiness of their terroir. Of the 2018, Antonio Galloni from Vinous writes: 'I was especially struck by the red Sancerre, maybe because I was not expecting them to be so flat-out delicious.'