- Wine: Sancerre Cuvée Caillottes
- Region: Sancerre, Loire Valley
- Vines: Sauvignon Blanc
- Domaine: Domaine du Carroir Perrin
- Winemakers: Bertrand & Pierre Riffault
- Guide bottle price: £10.46 (collect price)*
Your allocation: 48 bottles per year – you can order as much as you want (6s/12s), no obligation to buy
Exclusive wine: Yes
Annual vintage release: February
Accommodation nearby: Yes, we can arrange
Event at this vineyard: Yes, we visit your vines and enjoy a picnic with our winemaker during our Sancerre Weeekend
The vines & wine
Sancerre is one of France’s great classics. Based on the fashionable Sauvignon Blanc grape grown on cool chalky soils, the wines have thrilling acidity and lip-smacking flavours of gooseberry, grapefruit and nettles.
Most Sancerre is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from different parts of the region. Partners’ exclusive Sancerre is a rare style, coming from one specific area.
The vines are situated in a vineyard parcel called Les Caillottes. Here the limestone-based soil is carpeted with small white stones on the surface giving a more aromatic, fresh and fruity style of wine. However its fresh and vivacious green fruits in youth develop into a richer, luscious peach and apricot style with time.
The Riffault family have been making Sancerre for generations, and it is Bertrand Riffault who is now managing the domaine under the expert guidance of his father, Pierre.
This delightful region is situated right in the centre of France – some two hours from Paris. The old town is small and attractive and sits atop a large hill commanding spectacular views of the vineyards below.
The narrow cobbled streets lead to a small town square surrounded by a number of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Worth seeing is the Maison des Sancerre – a wine museum funded and run by the winemakers of the region. It is a modern presentation of all aspects of the history, geology and people of the region within a lovely renovated building.
If you want to dine in style, then the Michelin-starred restaurant La Tour is the place to go – the food is light, elegant and brimming with modern, innovative flavours.
* Wine prices may vary slightly due to exchange rate differences. If you choose to have your wine shipped to the UK, shipping costs and duty will be added.