Domaine Girard is a truly family run winery, headed up by Fernand and Monique Girard who are ably assisted by their son Alain. The family come from several generations of winemakers in the tiny village of Chaudoux, located a few miles northwest of the town of Sancerre and directly north of Chavignol. The Girards lovingly tend 12 hectares of vines and only the best of their production is bottled under their label. A state-of-the-art cellar with all of best the modern technology combined with traditional viticultural practices and minimum intervention in both vineyard and cellar result in a beautifully crafted Sancerre.
The town of Sancerre lies on an outcrop of the chalk that runs from the White Cliffs of Dover down through the Champagne and Chablis. The aromatic wines of Sancerre are perhaps the easiest to recognise in France where here Sauvignon Blanc can make better, finer and more complex wine that anywhere else in the world.
This Sancerre is like springtime in a glass. It has a beautiful aroma of elderflower, citrus, gooseberry, flint and white flowers. The palate is precise and bright, filled with zesty crisp lemon and lime and balanced with a gorgeous underlying acidity and pure minerality. This extraordinary acidity and mineral backbone make it a truly wonderful food wine.
The classic match for Sancerre, the most famous Sauvignon blanc of them all, is Crottins de Chavignol (goats’ cheese produced in the Loire Valley). The crisp tang of Sauvignon blanc also fits beautifully against tomatoes so try with seabass roasted with vine tomatoes or panzanella (the Italian bread and tomato salad).