This is made from the Delaporte vines growing on Silex sopils, the flint which gives these wines their smoky nose, gunflint is the term often used. The 2017 shows tremendous energy in its taut, tensile frame. Lots of green orchard fruits and a touch of nectarine alongside the flinty notes. This is much more about terroir than variety. One of my favourite Sancerre.
About the Domaine
Delaporte are based in Chavignol, a village at the heart of Sancerre, and the only village in France to enjoy AOC status for both wine and cheese. Although the domaine has been in family hands since the 17th century and were the first Sancerre producer to export to the USA, Delaporte made their name for producing some of the area’s finest wines due mainly to the hard work of Vincent, Matthieu’s grandfather. Matthieu, just 22 years old, took over from his father, Jean-Yves, in 2010 and has set about driving the wines to new heights. He is an energetic and restless young man, utterly committed to the quality of the domaine. In 2011 he convinced his retiring uncle to sell them his 10ha, and Delaporte now own 33ha in including old vines in both Mont Damnes and the Cul du Beaujeu, the village’s two most famous vineyards. These sites tower above the village, it is hard to appreciate just how steep they are; in parts positively Mosel-esque. Delaporte’s vines cover all the major soil types of Sancerre, from flint, ‘Silex’, to limestone pebbles, ‘Caillottes’, and the famous Kimmeridgian marl.