We love our Sancerre producer, Domaine de la Garenne. Their three Sancerre blanc cuvées are delightful: the crisp and fruity Sancerre 2019, the stony Sancerre “Bouffants” 2019, and the bracing, intense Sancerre “Infidèle.” They’re all Sauvignon Blanc at their most vibrant and delicious.
Garenne’s fourth Sancerre cuvée is also crisp, refreshing, and a perfect blend of fruit and minerals… it just happens to be red. Made from pure Pinot Noir, the Sancerre rouge is just beautiful this year: pure, refreshing Pinot fruit, unencumbered by oak.
The 2018 Sancerre is a perfect summertime red. The nose shows intense red cherry fruit, with notes of wild honey and raspberry. The mouth is bright, clean, and lively, with punchy freshness and a beautiful mineral core.
Take this on your next picnic, even if it’s only in the open trunk of your car, or on the front stoop. You won’t mistake it for Burgundy, but it’s as enjoyable and thirst-quenching as sub-$30 red can be. Pair it with cheese, crackers, and a warm summer afternoon.
Garenne Sancerre rouge 2018
bottle price: $28
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