Focus on our Sancerre "Chêne Marchand" 2017


At Domaine de Terres Blanches, our team strives to bring out the very best of the great terroirs of Sancerre, vintage after vintage. The "Chêne Marchand" cuvée is a perfect example of this philosophy inspired by the Saget family.

Located in the commune of Bué, the Chêne Marchand vineyards have their roots in one of the Sancerre appellation’s iconic terroirs. Our plot, which covers less than a hectare, is one of the appellation’s most prestigious. The soil is made up of the area's typical Tuffeau chalk and the vines are over 30 years old. Their south-facing exposure helps our Sauvignon Blanc grapes to reach perfect maturity.

Having been picked by hand, the grapes are then carefully sorted to use only those that are in perfect condition. We press the harvest in whole bunches to obtain a juice with substance and body. The wine then spends 10 months in stainless steel vats (for the most part) and in French oak barrels. Thanks to this dual ageing process, this distinctive wine develops the unique aromas that are characteristic of its terroir.

When tasted, the wine is full-bodied and soft on the palate with aromas of ripe fruit carried by a certain power and a refreshing minerality. With a little patience, you will discover that it has exceptional ageing potential!

Our cellar manager, Philippe, has shared his tasting notes with us:

Our "Chêne Marchand" 2017 displays a yellow hue flecked with grey tints. The nose is open and pure, revealing a chalky character along with some notes of wax. It goes on to disclose lovely candied fruit aromas such as apricot and pineapple. The wine is fat, generous and well-balanced by fresh citrus notes on entry to the palate, where its chalky character gives us the typical expression of its terroir. This complex and elegant wine has a lovely long finish underpinned by notes of mint and lemon zest.