Named for the ruins of an encampment along an ancient Roman road through town, this really is one of the best Sauvignon Blancs money can buy, comparable in quality to a Grand Cru White Burgundy or Graves Cru Classé. Mandarin oranges, apricots, Mirabelle plums, and minerals for days. We were lucky enough to have a selection of Les Romains" from the 1980s opened for us on our last buying trip, and we were flabbergasted at its freshness and vibrancy after a 25 year slumber! Stunning, noble white wine for a special occasion.
Cousins Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron are making some of the best wines in Sancerre, and the wine world is taking notice.
The formula to their success is simple.
Technical skill. There’s a remarkable purity and a clean, expressive feel to these wines, due to the acumen of winemaker Jean-Laurent, who learned from his father Denis and also worked for Burgundy legend Aubert de Villaine in Napa. Nothing gets in the way of this gorgeous fruit and your glass.
Old vines, low yields, and late picking. Not only are the Vacherons blessed with some of the finest hillside sites in Sancerre, their vines are on average over 30 years old, and they prune them for low yields, which concentrates the fruit. They also pick later than their neighbors, sometimes two weeks later, depending on the parcel, which assures complete ripeness.
Biodynamic farming. Vacheron is the first domaine in Sancerre to be certified Biodynamic, as of 2006. Throughout France, biodynamic farmers tend to be the very best in the country: Domaine Leroy, Comtes Lafon, Domaine Dujac, Chateau Pontet-Canet, Zind-Humbrecht, Deiss, and Dagueneau are just a few in this rarefied class.