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Located in the small village of Sury-en-Vaux in the heart of the Sancerre appellation, Vincent Gaudry cultivates 11 hectares of Ecocert and Demeter-certified vines (90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Pinot Noir). Still relatively unknown in the US, this producer is one of the best kept secrets of the appellation. The terroir-driven wines are superb in their vitality, finesse and precision, and the finishes are spectacular. This is one of my favorite Sancerre producers. Vincent, whom I have not met so far, joined his father in 1991 when he was 16 years old and took over completely in 1993. In 1995, he began conversion to organic and then biodynamic farming. He was most probably the first in Sancerre who went biodynamic. The domaine has vineyards on all of the three main terroirs of Sancerre (caillottes, silex and terres blanches) and a high percentage of old vines, which are replaced by massale selection. In warm and dry vintages, such as 2018, 2019 and 2020, this is a tremendous advantage. Highly recommended.
From 60+ year-old vines on Kimmeridgian marl soils and fermented naturally with wild yeasts in wooden vats, the 2020 "Straight Outta" Sancerre Melodie (identical with the Mélodie Vieilles Vignes) opens with a deep, ripe and complex, mineral and spicy rather than fruity bouquet whose ripe and warm fruit remains in the background and is wrapped in refreshing citrus, limestone and iodine notes. Full-bodied, fresh and focused on the palate, with concise mineral acidity and refreshing, highly stimulating polyphenols, this is an elegant, lively, complex and vivacious Sancerre that mirrors the warm vintage but also the old vines rooting deep in great, biodynamically cultivated soils. With a great, persistent finish, this is a classic Sancerre that I would love to have with shellfish such as lobster and crayfish. 13% alcohol. Natural cork, Tasted in March 2022.