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Managing editor Kim Marcus joined Wine Spectator in 1988. His tasting beats include Austria, Greece, southern France and Portugal.
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A Savory Sancerre at the End of a Busy Day

Pierre Archambault Sancerre Domaine de la Perrière 2008

Kim Marcus
Posted: September 29, 2010

It’s been a hectic week or so in my neighborhood in Queens. A small tornado recently uprooted scores of trees and damaged property. My wife and I had spent a busy day cleaning up the debris from our yard, and we needed some refreshment to relax. And when I think of refreshing wines, one of my go-to whites is Sancerre.

I visited Sancerre back in the mid-1990s. It is a pretty hilltop town in the eastern reaches of France’s Loire Valley where Sauvignon Blanc (and goats used for chèvre production) thrive. Ever since, I’ve had a soft place in my heart for its wines. Fortunately, Sancerre’s wines offer good value as well.

The bottle I opened was the Pierre Archambault Sancerre Domaine de la Perrière 2008. It was in line with the fresh, minerally style of Sauvignon Blanc, with flavors of gooseberry, green plum and touches of stone and herb, all backed by fresh acidity. The wine was fermented in stainless steel vats using indigenous yeasts and aged on the lees (the yeast bodies left over after fermentation) to give it added richness. I rated it 89 points, non-blind, and it cost $25. It provided a lively finish to a busy day.

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Pierre Archambault Sancerre Domaine de la Perrière 2008 (88, $25).

• Plus, get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated Sancerres, along with our quick list of Top Values among Loire whites.

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