Sancerre is a flinty-smoke and ripe gooseberry aroma Sauvignon Blanc from a small town called ‘Sancerre’ in the Loire Valley of France. Sancerre the town makes up part of the Loire Valley called the Centre.
Many consider Sancerre the purest expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape, as it is rarely exposed to the mellowing effects of oak, and region is known for its chalky soil. The cool climate of Sancerre also ensures the grape never gets overly ripe, and thus retains its acidity.
Several other important appellations exist inside Centre including Pouilly-Fumé, Menetou-Salon, Reuilly and Quincy which are also Savignon-Blanc based for their white wines. Even those these regions are a similiar style to Sancerre, they are often a lower cost as Sancerre tends to be in higher demand.
Tasting notes from Sancerre include grass, lime peel, lemon, quince, gooseberry, green apple, pear, honeydew melon, flint, smoke, and pink grapefruit.
Goat Cheese and Sancerre
Because of its bracing acidity, Sancerre is quite versatile. Perhaps the most famous food and wine pairings is Goat Cheese and Sancerre. This pairing works as Goat Cheese is tart and earthy, but quite plain. When you add Sancerre to the mix, it imparts a acidic and mineral driven citrus bite, that brings out herbal flavours in the cheese that you have never noticed before.
Aside from Goat Cheese, Sancerre pairs exceptionally well with the following cheeses: Brie, Camembert, Comté, Cotija, Cream Cheese, Crottin de Chavignol, Farmer’s Cheese, Feta, Gruyere, Mascarpone, Monterey Jack, Morbier, Saint-Nectaire, Swiss
Asparagus and Sancerre
The grassy aromas of Sancerre complement the grassy and pungent aromas of the Asparagus. The acidic bite of Sancerre helps draw out the green nature of this vegetable as well.
Other vegetables Sancerre will pair nice with are: Artichoke, Arugula, Avocado, Bell Peppers, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Grapefruit, Green Beans, Green Onion, Mixed Baby Greens, Jicama, Onion, Tomatillo, Yukon Gold Potato
Sancerre and Meat
For meats, Sancerre is quite versitile, and is excellent for cleansing your palate with rich meats and gravies. You’ll find Sancerre goes well with Bass, Catfish, Roast Chicken, Crab Cakes, Eel, Lobster, Mackerel, Oysters, Grilled Trout, Salmon, Sole, Turkey, and Pork Chops
Other Sancerre and Food Pairings
For the following Herbs and Spices Sancerre is the perfect choice for Basil, Black Pepper, Cilantro, Chervil, Chive, Coriander, Garlic, Ginger, Horseradish, Lemon, Lime, Parsley, Savory, Shallot, Tarragon, Thyme and White Pepper
Sometimes Sancerre, or Sauvignon Blanc in general, gets so tangy and herbaceous that it can be described as ‘Cat Pee’ or as the French may say ‘pipi du chat‘