Summer is officially gone. Back in July, I had the pleasure of attending many Virtual Events. One of them was the Virtual Press Seminar with Arnaud Saget from Saget La Petite Perrière. Saget La Perrière is an iconic French Winery and Vineyard located in the Loire Valley. Arnaud Saget focused on the various expressions of Sauvignon Blanc. The portfolio included different vintages from La Petite Perrière Sancerre. I was impressed by the affirmation that Sancerre can age. Also by the unique and natural cave they have where they age some of their white wines.
The Wines We Tasted Were:
La Perriere Megalithe Sancerre
La Perriere Sancerre
La Perriere Blanc Pouilly de Fume
La Petite Perriere Pinot Noir
La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc (BUY HERE )
La Petite Perriere Rosé
The homeland of Saget family, The Loire Valley.
The Loire Valley has been the homeland of the Saget family for nine generations. Originally from Pouilly-sur-Loire, they decided over twenty years ago to head off in search of other treasures that this beautiful wine region could offer. Over the years, their quest led them along both banks of the river, reaching out to local winegrowers and terroirs. Saget la Perrière signature brands epitomize the hallmark accessibility and freshness of Loire wines. Today, Arnaud and his brother, Laurent, represent the third generation of this family-run company.
Since Saget Family acquired La Perrière they have had a lot of respect for the history. Hence, they have mantained the the caves at Domaine de la Perrière. The natural caves were naturally carved 200 million years ago and now they used them as natural caves. The total surface is about 3,000 square meters (32,300 square feet). According to Taub Family Selections, the caves are the ideal location to age the wines from the 106 acres of the estate’s Sancerre vineyards, located in the districts of Bannay, Verdigny, Saint-Satur, Crézancy and Vinon.
During the tasting I was very surprised to learn about such natural habitat. Also about how the Saget Family has worked towards mantaining and beautifying the natural caves. I hope someday I can visit and taste some of the oldest Sancerre vintages that they keep there.
Sancerre can age
Sauvignon Blanc is the grape that is often know for their green or herbal flavors. Depending on the areas that grows and the winemaking techniques can showcase different hints of tropical fruit in the aromas and on the palate. Without a doubt, is a grape that I enjoy during the summer. Little did I know about the hidden power of aging for Sauvignon Blanc. Specially those coming from AOC Sancerre exactly where La Perrière have their Sauvignon Blanc production and natural caves. I was really surprised when I asked Arnaud during the tasting about the aging for their Sancerre’s. Arnaud Saget confidently answered on a high note YES, Sancerre can age. Specifically, Megalithe Sancerre which is the icon wine of Saget La Perrière. The first vintage of the iconic Sancerree Megalithe was produced in 1998. The goal of Megalithe is to showcase the beauty of aged Sauvignon Blanc.