People love Sancerre. Sancerre is fun to say and even more fun to drink. Some people do not realize it but Sancerre is the region and the primary grape is Sauvignon Blanc. The district is located on the left bank of the Loire River and also grows limited production of Pinot Noir which makes lovely rosé. Just across the river is the acclaimed region of Pouilly-Fumé which also produces beautiful Sauvignon Blanc.
The soils around the area can be roughly classified into three categories. The far western reaches heading towards Menetou-Salon have "white" soils with limestone & clay. Around the village of Chavignol the soil also includes some Kimmeridgian Marl. Wines from these western reaches tend to have more power and more body in their flavour profiles. Heading closer to the city of Sancerre the soil contains gravel mixed with the limestone and tends to produce more light bodied wines with delicate perfumed notes. The third classification of soil is found around the city of Sancerre itself which includes deposits of flint (silex) that add distinctive minerality notes.
Sancerre is a COOL climate which lends itself to beautiful acidity and a crisp mouthfeel. The steeper slopes need to be harvested by hand and machine harvesting is used for easier terrior. Sancerre typically does not undergo Malo lactic fermentation and little or no oak is used on these wines. Sancerre is known for bone dry with aromas of gooseberry and grass. hints of flint, mineral, white peach, and layers of fresh citrus.
Try some Sancerre with light salads, lean protein like white fish or chicken. These wines compliment many dishes and would be great to pair with vegan/vegetarian dishes as well. As always, keep trying new wines, Cheers!