Sip Similar: Sancerre




Domaine de la Foret-Gasselin, Sancerre, Loire Yes, this is Sancerre, but it’s a small producer at a reasonable price, so I couldn’t help but slip it into this box.
Laberinto Sauvignon Blanc, Valle del Maule, Chile Chilean Sauvignon Blancs hit this wonderful middle ground between citrus and minerality with hints of floral. This crisp white may not be an exact doppelgänger, but if you love Sancerre, this is right up your alley.
Domaine Durand Menetou-Salon Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Small family-owned vineyard established in 1962. The region of Menetou-Salon is just west of Sancerre. A little farther away from the Loire River, this region is 1/5 the size of Sancerre but relatively unknown. The same highly prized chalky Kimmeridgian soil runs through both regions. Sancerre has always been focused on shipping their wines out with 2/3 being drunk outside of the region while Menetou-Salon consumes the vast majority of their own production.
Marc Deschamps, Les Champs de Cri, Pouilly Fume, Loire Excellent and affordable Sancerre can be hard to find. An elegant substitute, Pouilly Fumé is just 9 miles down the river. It’s a captivating expression of vibrant citrus and minerality. This is a single vineyard bottling.
Roger Pabiot et Fils, Coteau des Girarmes, Pouilly-Fume, Loire Another lovely single vineyard from Pouilly-Fumé that adjoins the vineyards of Sancerre. Five generations of grape growers dedicated to sustainable viticulture have nurtured this vineyard that became fully organic in 2021.
Les Roches Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, Loire From the larger region in the central Loire Valley, Touraine, the Sauvignon Blanc is a little more fruit-forward with slightly less minerality. The prices are lower, and the wines are more plentiful.