Domaine de Vacheron 2010

Domaine de Vacheron 2010
France, $40

Sancerre, the minerally bone-dry expression of sauvignon blanc, has had its lunch eaten by rivals from New Zealand and in some ways, it’s easy to see why. A bottle of Kim Crawford costs anywhere from 1/3 to ½ less than a comparable Sancerre, and damned if it doesn’t deliver near identical quality year after year. Which is precisely why every so often I need something more exotic, something that plays it a little less safe. It’s great driving a Mercedes, but once in a while screaming around the block in a Lotus is life affirming. This Sancerre from the excellent producers Domaine Vacheron is also life affirming. Sea spray and citrus and almonds it’s the very definition of a wine that pairs well with food. An everyday wine? Not really (especially at $40), but when you need to zip it up a bit, this is your bottle.

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