Sancerre, France

Sancerre is on the Loire River and part of the Loire Valley, it is a larger area than Pouilly-Fumé, with 4,000 acres/1,600 Hectares in fourteen communes and more variations in its soil types, producing Sauvignon Blanc white wines that are leaner and more bracing than Pouilly-Fumé, as well as some reds and rosés from Pinot Noir grapes. Some producers follow the philosophy of blending wines from the marly Kimmeridgian soils with wines for the calcareous and flint soils to produce the best of the three soil types. With enough weight to suggest something serious, ripe soft fruit to please with fine bracing acidity to refresh and balance. Alternatively, producers may prefer to create individual wines from each of the soil types, showing the effect of the terroir to the fullest.Most Sancerre wines are best drunk young, within three years, while the fruit and acid are still lively.