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Domaine Paul Cherrier

Stéphane Cherrier, the Sauvignon master at the helm of Domaine Paul Cherrier, is part of a new generation of young winemakers […]

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Domaine Paul Cherrier

Stéphane Cherrier, the Sauvignon master at the helm of Domaine Paul Cherrier, is part of a new generation of young winemakers who are changing the face of Sancerre.  Together with other visionary properties such as  Domaine Vacheron and Domaine Claude Riffault, Stéphane spends much more time working his vineyards than his father’s generation did– all in an effort to bring balance back to an appellation whitewashed by decades of chemical products and synthetic treatments.  In a sense, it’s relearning how to do things the way they were once done. We first met Stéphane after hearing his name mentioned at Domaines Vacheron and Riffault – both praised his work in the vineyard as well as in the cellar.

Domaine Paul Cherrier  is located in the tiny, picturesque village of Verdigny, just northwest of the town of Sancerre.  Stéphane’s hilltop parcels are planted on rocky Kimmeridgian limestone, that ancient ocean bed that underpins the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis, the hillsides of the Pays d’Aube, and the (predominantly western) portion of Sancerre.  This terroir produces wines of incredible length, purity, and minerality. The amount of clay in the soils varies by parcel and elevation, providing Stéphane with richer, fruitier Sauvignon Blanc as well as fruit that is more linear and mineral.

Stéphane currently farms 13 hectares.  Ten of those are planted to Sauvignon Blanc and three are planted to Pinot Noir.  For the first few years of his career, he had been selling off most of his wine to be bottled under the name of more famous winemakers. Now he is steadily growing his own label, Domaine Paul Cherrier, selecting the best tanks and vats to be bottled at the estate. There is virtually no manipulation to the wines and Stéphane strongly prefers Sauvignon that is aged in tank and large barrels over that aged in barrique.  Although he is used to heavy hitting on the rugby field (one of his real passions), his wines are delicate, defined, and very precise.  We are proud to represent this young star-in-the-making.

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“Along with the Vacheron brothers and Stéphane Riffault, Stéphane Cherrier from Domaine Paul Cherrier is another great talent of the Sancerrois. The 13 hectares Domaine is located in the tiny village of Verdigny, just northwest of the town of Sancerre. Its hilltop parcels are planted on rocky Kimmeridgian limestone, which gives powerful and persistently mineral wines of great purity and expression. ”

– Stephan Reinhardt
Loire, France
  • Location
    Loire, France
  • Primary Appellation
    Sancerre
  • Proprietor
    Famille Cherrier
  • Winemaker
    Stéphane Cherrier
  • Size / Elevation
    13 hectares / 250-340 meters
  • Age of Vines
    20-60 years
  • Farming
    Sustainable
  • Varieties
    Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
  • Cellar
    Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks, French oak foudre and demi-muid
  • Portfolio
    Jon-David Headrick Selections

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