Sancerre is known for its flinty, savory Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley of France. “What do true French countrymen drink? Sauvignon Blanc, naturally.”

The small town of Sancerre is situated almost exactly in the middle of France and – perhaps because of this – it has been a center of French resistance since the Middle Ages. Huguenots retreated to it during the wars of religion and the Protestant reformation. Again, during the French revolution, the village was a center of the royalist rebellion to restore the French monarchy. Finally, during World War II, Sancerre was a regional command center for the French resistance. After all of this, we can conclude that Sancerre takes “being French” very seriously.

Sancerre is the most recognizable appellation for French Sauvignon Blanc in the Loire Valley. The region’s rolling limestone hills and semi-continental climate deliver richly textured Sauvignon Blanc wines with ripe gooseberry aromas, bracing acidity, and flinty-smoke flavors. Sancerre is actually part of a larger area in the Loire called Centre. As you move outside of Sancerre proper, a wealth of discovery awaits.

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