Pairs Well With Seafood

The comfort of a classic! Both Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé wines deliver more body and minerality than other Sauvignon Blanc-based wines, which in part explains the recent and ongoing enthusiasm of the consumer for these two appellations, and Sancerre in particular.

The 2012 Cul De Beaujeu Sancerre white from Domaine Serge Laloue is the latest addition to our fine wine selection from Loire Valley.

Ancient sea shell found in Cul de Beaujeu vineyard

Ancient sea shell found in Cul de Beaujeu vineyard

This small vineyard of a little over one hectare is located above the village of Chavignol on a steep 45º incline slope facing southwest. The soil composition here is Kimmeridgian limestone which explains the presence of ancient sea and oyster shells, some of which are amazingly gigantic! The wine is very mineral in style, intense and round with aromas and favors of white flowers, star fruit and ripe citrus on a long lasting finish. This wine is a must taste for only $21.99!

Serge Laloue Sancerre and Cul de BeaujeuAlso available is the 2013 Domaine Serge Laloue Sancerre white, classic label ($17.99).

Both wines are a perfect match for seafood, shellfish, grilled fish and fresh oysters. They also pair beautifully with white meats and goat cheese; one in particular, the local and my all-time favorite goat cheese:  Crotin de Chavignol.

Domaine Serge Laloue is a 21 hectares wine estate, family owned and operated by the dedicated brother and sister team, Franck and Christine Laloue. The vineyards are located mainly around the village of Thauvenay, 5 kilometers from the town of Sancerre; 16 hectares are planted to the Sauvignon Blanc and five hectares are planted with Pinot Noir for the rosé and red Sancerre. Sustainable farming is practiced in all the domain’s vineyards.

Cul de Beaujeu in winter

Cul de Beaujeu in winter

Atanas Nechkov, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine supervisor

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