The Sancerre appellation is situated in the middle of France on limestone and flint soil near the head of the country’s longest river, the Loire. Domaine Vacheron is a 10 minute stroll from the centre of town. The original 5 hectares established by Jean-Louis Vacheron in 1968 have since grown to 43 hectares, and the domaine comprises some of the finest sites in the central vineyards of the Loire Valley. Today his sons, Jean-Louis and Denis, and grandsons run the domaine.
Much of the domaine is planted to Sauvignon Blanc, but there are about 12 hectares of Pinot Noir planted for the production of red Sancerre, an unusually high proportion for the appellation and a wine the domaine is particularly noted for. The domaine continues to hand-harvest their vineyards even though many growers in this appellation use mechanical harvesters. Traditional winemaking techniques are employed, with fermentation of the whites taking place in temperature-controlled stainless steel by indigenous yeast. For the reds, malolactic fermentation takes place in barrique. When young, the reds reflect the forward charm and appeal of the Pinot Noir grape. The Domaine is widely recognized amongst the elite producers of Sancerre.