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Domaine Vacheron

Domaine Vacheron is one of Sancerre’s elite properties, producing both white and red Sancerre of amazing purity and definition. The domaine […]

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Domaine Vacheron

Domaine Vacheron is one of Sancerre’s elite properties, producing both white and red Sancerre of amazing purity and definition. The domaine has been completely transformed over to biodynamic farming (certified by Biodyvin in 2005) with two young cousins, Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron, at the helm. No synthetic material is used in the vineyard, harvests are carried out exclusively by hand, and the only fertilizer used is produced from the compost pile. Yields are kept extremely low. Having inherited some of the most coveted parcels in the appellation (and being smart about current land purchases), the cousins are trying a Burgundian approach to Sancerre winemaking, with parcels being vinified by terroir and blends varying from year to year. Pinot Noir is not an afterthought chez Vacheron, but a focus, and on soils just a couple of hours west of Burgundy, the cousins are making grand, expressive bottlings from the varietal.

Vacheron is primarily a “silex” producer. Silex (flint) is found primarily in the eastern part of the appellation (and also across the river in Pouilly Fumé) and almost all of Vacheron’s holdings are on this hard, minerally soil type. Flint produces vertical, long-aging Sancerre bottlings and the Vacheron boys’ biggest aim is to let this shine. The “basic” Sancerre blanc from the property comes from vines planted on the fault line between silex and caillottes (hard shards of limestone).

Jean-Dominque and Jean-Laurent currently farm 34 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 11 hectares of Pinot Noir. Starting with some rows in the famous Les Romains vineyard, the property has slowly begun acquiring small amounts of vines in the most coveted lieu-dits in the appellation including Guigne Chèvre, En Grands Champs, Paradis, and Chambrates.

As Jacqueline Friedrich opened her description of Domaine Vacheron in her recently-released book on the Sancerre/Pouilly region, “Here is a domaine that goes from strength to strength. And shows no signs of stopping.”

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“Here is a domaine that goes from strength to strength. And shows no signs of stopping.”

– Jacqueline Friedrich
Loire, France
  • Location
    Loire, France
  • Primary Appellation
    Sancerre
  • Proprietor
    Jean-Dominique & Jean-Laurent Vacheron
  • Winemaker
    Jean-Dominique & Jean-Laurent Vacheron
  • Size / Elevation
    45 hectares / 300-350 meters
  • Age of Vines
    30-60+ years
  • Farming
    Certified biodynamic (DEMETER)
  • Varieties
    Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
  • Cellar
    Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation in tank or oak vat, aging in tank, foudre, and French oak barrels
  • Portfolio
    Jon-David Headrick Selections

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