Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wine of the Week - Chaumeau Balland Sancerre

It may be time for back to school, but temperatures are still summer-like. Kick back with a glass of our wine of the week - Chaumeau Balland Sancerre Blanc.


At the eastern end of the Loire Valley in Central France sits the famous wine region of Sancerre. Lying at the heart of Sancerre is the small and prestigious town of Bué. Owner and producer Madame Chaumeau oversees Chaumeau Balland et Fils from the center of Bué. The property extends along the rolling hills with vineyards scattered amongst different faces of these hills. Comprised of 11 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and three hectares of Pinot Noir that surround the village, the Domaine can attribute a large portion of its success to the Kimmeridian ridge, a geological feature that surfaces in Champagne, Chablis, and Sancerre. These famous regions all benefit from the unique limestone and clay soils that contribute to the body and mineral-driven flavor profile of their wines. For this part of Sancerre in particular, hints of caillottes gravel allow Chaumeau Balland to produce a clean, intense, and flavorful wine.

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