2016 Domaine la Clef du Récit Sancerre SKU #1309403


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Tasting Notes

Winemaker Anthony Girard grew up in his family's Sancerre winery, but spent a number of years learning about production all over the world before returning home to continue working with Sauvignon Blanc. While continuing to help with the namesake Girard label, Anthony wanted to create his own project on the side and eventually purchased a small plot of pristine real estate near the town of Récy with primo Sancerre limestone soils. After acquiring the vines he was given a large key as a symbolic gesture of new ownership, or a "clef du récit," which became the name of the estate. While the heavy limestone content helps the fruit to retain bright acidity, a portion of the vineyard is planted in flintier grounds, which adds minerality to the finish. Anthony's wines have been renowned for their freshness and zip, in true Sancerre fashion.

Staff Reviews

  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Winemaker Anthony Girard has earned the keys to the castle (clef is French for key) with this extraordinary and harmonious Sancerre. It was a breakout star for us in 2015, and the new vintage is a stellar followup with its gorgeous grapefruit nose and mineral-laden palate. The wine captures the nerve and essence of the 2016 vintage and resonates beautifully on the palate. Some next-level Sancerre here.
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    With ideal weather conditions toward the end of the growing season the 2016 vintage has produced flavorful and fruit driven wines, especially for the Sauvignon Blanc plantings in Sancerre. This years vintage of Domaine La Clef du Recit is juicy and refreshing with an almost passion fruit like tropical note on the nose along with lime zest and ruby red grapefruit flesh. The fruit meets an intense limestone mineral component and the palate has mouthwatering, lip smacking acidity. Perfect for lovers of a zesty Sancerre, but would also satisfy those who gravitate toward Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs.


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