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Straight Outta Sancerre Tournebride - by Vincent Gaudry
Straight Outta Sancerre Tournebride - by Vincent Gaudry
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Straight Outta Sancerre Tournebride - by Vincent Gaudry

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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.


    Wine Advocate: 92+ Points

    From 35-year-old vines planted on the hills of the commune of Sancerre, Saint-Satur and Sury-en-Vaux, the 2020 "Straight Outta" Sancerre Tournebride (identical with the Sancerre Le Tournebride) assembles all three Sancerre terroirs: terres blanches (Kimmeridgian marl), caillottes (weathered limestone) and flint (silex). Fermented in wooden casks and stainless steel and aged for about 10 months on the lees, this opens with a clear, rich and initially a bit lactic bouquet of ripe, white fruits (even honeydew melon aromas are displayed) and a hint of mocha. With more aeration, the nose becomes fresher and more citric as well as complex and mineral. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, elegant and refined but most of all generous and textural Sancerre with juice and power but also mineral grip and tension. I find the Tournebride a bit less pure and dramatic compared to the Mélodie, but it will probably satisfy more palates. 14% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in March 2022.