Roger et Didier Raimbault Vieilles Vignes Sancerre Review
We brought this wine out to dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I wasn’t sure what I’d be ordering, but I had a pretty good idea it would involve seafood, so I thought this would be the perfect wine to bring along. (It was.)
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2018 Vieilles Vignes Sancerre
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Sancerre, France
Retail price: $25
I consumed it: May 2022
My source: The Wine Folly Wine Club when it was run by Wine Access
The Back Label
From this wine club: The Wine Folly Wine Club when it was run by Wine Access
From this winery: Roger et Didier Raimbault
Wine color/style: White wine
Grape variety or blend: Sauvignon blanc
Vieilles Vignes Sancerre: What I think
We brought this wine out to dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I wasn’t sure what I’d be ordering, but I had a pretty good idea it would involve seafood, so I thought this would be the perfect wine from the shipment to bring along.
One of the joys of fine dining in the desert is that as soon as the wine comes out of the bottle (from the chiller), it starts warming up. You don’t have to wait long for aromas to start popping and complex flavors to emerge from a high-quality wine.
When you see a wine labeled Sancerre, that means it is Sauvignon Blanc from the Sancerre wine region in France. This particular Sancerre is typical (in a good way) of what you’d expect for Sauvignon Blanc from this region — it’s fruity and bright, featuring a lemony essence on the palate with a touch of minerality.
Vieilles Vignes translates to “old vines.” In this case, the vines range from 35-50 years old and have roots sunk 20-30 feet underground. The old vines add a complexity to the wine’s character that is absent from much “new world” Sauvignon Blanc. (New world means everywhere that isn’t Europe or western Asia.)
Sur lies translates to “aged on the lees” — the lees are a byproduct of fermentation which includes leaving the wee yeasties in with the wine while it matures. This particular aspect of winemaking leads to my favorite wines because they always offer a round, smooth mouthfeel and typically add a lot of nuance and finish to a wine.
Back vintage. This wine is a 2018 (having spent two to three years in the bottle after 12-18 months maturing sur lies in stainless steel). Any wine that is older than the current release vintage would be considered a back vintage. For people who lack the means or patience to age their wine, buying back vintages is a great way to experience what all the fuss is about. Wine Access does a marvelous job of finding back vintage wines to sell on their site.
Last updated: March 20, 2023
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