• Sancerre's Seamless Trois Terroir:  Vincent Gaudry's Le Tournebride

    Sancerre's Seamless Trois Terroir: Vincent Gaudry's Le Tournebride

    For me, Vincent Gaudry delivers the single Sancerre that over-delivers vintage after vintage. There's no denying it, after first sip you immediately recognize something is different here given its sub-$30 pricing. There's a refinement in detail, fruit is displayed in the most pure and unadulterated fashion, and authenticity that screams of terroir while still finely laced in a luxurious mouthfeel.

    Today, I'm happy to offer Vincent Gaudry's 2016 Sancerre Le Tournebride for $28 per bottle, and down to $26.16/btl on 6-packs.

    Le Tournebride may be Vincent's introductory bottle out of his range, but it's always my single favorite. Tournebride is sourced from old vines planted in each of the appellation's three main soils: silex, terres blanches, and caillottes. Surprisingly, today Vincent is still part of a select group of Sancerre vignerons who employ organic and biodynamic farming. Vincent began this "radical" shift into organics in 1993, and then fulfilled the rigorous Demeter certification for biodynamics in 2004.

    There's a quality to Gaudry's wines that just speak to a perfect sense of harmony. One between the three terroirs of the assembly and the structure and contours in play here on the palate. Drinking Le Tournebride I'm much more reminded of sensibilities found in Burgundy, where that sense of place almost overrides varietal characteristic. 

    Sancerre can be famous for simple, crisp, and chuggable whites reliant on its iconic name to fulfill demands from Parisian bistros, but the value realm of the region still has alternatives. Gaudry, for me, is that beacon of top-notch quality in Sancerre, where for under $30 you can still come to expect the royal treatment from vi
    Posted by Alexander Rosen