Luc Prieur’s Sancerre Blanc is one of the best value in the appellation – detailed, balanced, so refreshing, and admirably age-worthy. It comes from parcels dotted around the village of Verdigny and is a blend of the three major soil types found in the region: caillottes, silex and terres blanches.
Alcohol Grade: 13.5%
Aging/ Vinification: The Sauvignon blanc is harvested on different plots/terroirs – Soil: 40% Caillottes, 20% Terres Blanches and 40% Silex. Prieur hand harvests all the fruit, pneumatic press to minimize oxidation of juice, slowly ferments at low temperature using only native yeast, and lees-ages for 8-10 months in 95% stainless steel tanks and 5% new 228L barrels.
Best to have it: 6-10ºC
Annual Production: 80,000 bottles
Aging Potential: 6-10 years
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Domaine Paul Prieur et Fils
For 11 generations, the Prieur family has been wine-growers in the village of Verdigny, Sancerre. The present proprietors and winemakers are Luc Prieur and his father Didier (who himself took over from his father Paul in 1973).
Three generations of Prieurs receive clients and visitors who have been coming to the Domaine for generations.
Luc joined the team in 2010, after completing his enology studies in Beaune and stages in Burgundy and in England. For the 2010 vintage, the Domaine acquired a new pneumatic press and renovated and expanded their cellars. As a result, the Prieurs can totally eliminate exposure to air at pressing time in order to capture all of the vivid aromas and flavors of ripe fruit and minerals of their Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
The hallmark of the Prieur Sancerre Blanc is its ideal combination of verve, balance, and length. The Domaine also produces exceptional Sancerre Rose and Rouge from Pinot Noir.