Sancerre: Home of the best sauvignon blanc?
I live just about midway between two of the world's best wine-producing regions: Bordeaux to the southwest, and Sancerre to the northeast . Sancerre is in "the Berry", the traditional name of the French geographical region in which I live, and is one of the better known wine-producing regions of the Loire Valley (yes, THAT Loire Valley -- the one with the châteaux!)
Sancerre was my destination today; it's just about a two hour drive from where I live, but that doesn't take into account all my châteaux photo stops (and there are many more to see in this region!):
But I did wind my way (literally) into the Sancerre growing region, with its multitude of vignobles (vineyards) and caves (pronounced "cahv", no "s" sound at the end, meaning the cellars, dégustations [tastings], and sales offices).
|The arrow sign at the bottom reads: "Route of the Heart of France Vineyards".|
|This is an example of a "cave"...|
|...and this is a sign publicizing one of many caves throughout the region.|
|Same general area, same day, same time -- just different light, different angle.|
|If you look carefully, on far right, at bottom of upper third of picture, you'll see a man working in the vineyard.|
There is an actual town of Sancerre that sits on a hill...
|...and from a public courtyard at the top of a steep staircase (see below), there's a panoramic view.|
Sancerre's historic center is absolutely charming even in the dead of winter when it's practically a ghost town, with its 15th C buildings (notice explanatory plaques have English translations), its many wine stores, delightful boutiques, and imaginatively decorated display windows ("vitrines")...
Of course, the best part was lunch in a typical French bistro -- a lovely cheese omelet (made with a local chèvre, crottin de Chavignol), and of course served with a Sancerre white. I didn't actually know what kind of white; it's just listed by color!
And isn't this a great place to put a playground?!
Hope you enjoyed this visit!
A la prochaine --