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Magnum of Sancerre Cuvée Silex, Domaine Serge Laloue 2017

White Wine from France - Loire
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Franck Laloue's top unoaked cuvée in a great Loire vintage. Concentrated but fresh, perfumed and long, its fine palate is influenced by the high proportion of grapes grown in flint soils. An elegant, restrained style of sauvignon, with a grassy vegetal undertone.
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Code: LO14934

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 150cl (Magnum)
  • Now to 2026
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Domaine Serge Laloue

This 20+-hectare estate was established by the late Serge Laloue on the slopes of Thauvenay, just south east of the hilltop town of Sancerre which overlooks the Loire River. Serge took over from his parents who had traditionally farmed livestock and cereals before he turned the family’s efforts towards viticulture. The now entirely winemaking estate is today run with great precision by Serge’s son Franck and daughter Christine. The microclimate here is cool, owing to the exposition of the vineyards and the flinty, granitic soils here called silex contribute backbone and acidity to the finished wines.

The vines themselves average 25 years of age - older for the Cuvée Silex - and are farmed organically, though not certified as such, in order to get the best out of the carefully controlled yields. Commitment to quality here is impressive and the family has managed to produce consistently good wines, even in challenging vintages, demonstrating that hard work in the vineyard is nearly always repaid in the quality of the resulting wines.

We chose Laloue to make our first Exhibition label Sancerre in the 2008 vintage. Following an extended period of ageing on its fine lees, this often takes a year to hits its stride. Lesser-known Sancerre rosé and rouge are also made here and deserve much greater recognition, and the estate's premium cuvées are also worthy of note.

Loire Valley Vintage 2017

After Jo Locke MW's usual quick visit at harvest time it was clear that 2017 would yield some excellent results. Following her regular February 2018 trip she was delighted to report that she couldn't remember when she was last so excited by a Loire vintage!

Muscadets are gorgeous across the board, and they are such adaptable wines and so light on the stomach. Central Vineyards sauvignons from Domaines Laloue (Exhibition Sancerre) and Riaux (Pouilly-Fumé) are delicious too, with ripeness and freshness in perfect balance. Go to Reuilly, Quincy, Chenonceaux, and Touraine sauvignons for value. Serious chenin lovers will need to wait a bit longer for the 2017s.

The reds have delightfully bright, generous fruit (though it is still early in their progress) which at harvest looked likely to be structured and concentrated as the berries were small and yielding less juice than expected. They have given wines with delightfully bright, generous fruit.

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