Marty's Mix-In - October 2018
B. Millet Sancerre, Loire, France 2017
Over the past two years, we have released over fifty unique wines from dozens of small West Coast wineries. Each wine has come with a story as we tell the narrative of family-run producers in America. While California, Oregon, and Washington certainly contain some of the world’s best growing areas, we also realize that the world of wine is vast and continues to grow daily. Our members also have a great thirst for adventure and knowledge, and we are honored to be able to share their passion for wine. As we enter our third year of monthly releases, we are excited to be able to add a global option for each shipment. I’ll be showing off some of my favorite wine growers from around the globe for those looking to enjoy a extra special, imported bottle as part of their Foot of the Bed subscription.
Sancerre is the name of a relatively well-known, perhaps even trendy wine region located along France’s longest river, the Loire. The cool climate of Northern France is ideal for fresh, zesty styles of wine that are more about minerality than ripe fruit. In Sancerre, like much of Europe, wines are labeled with the name of the growing area or district, rather than the grape variety. This may seem a little strange to many of us, but if you helped your parents select and carry a bottle of wine back from the market most everyday since you were eight, it may not be so weird.
If a wine is labeled with the name Sancerre, by law, it can contain one of two grapes. Red and rosé wines are crafted from Pinot Noir, while the more famous white wines of the area are made from Sauvignon Blanc. Betty and Franck Millet craft a range of wines from their vineyard holdings. This particular Sauvignon Blanc bottling is called “Le Chemin Blanc” or “The White Path” which refers to the pure chalky limestone soils on which the grapes are grown. The grapes are picked by hand and fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel. A classic Sancerre, this wine is brimming with notes of lemon skin, caraway seed, and wet stone. It offers a fun comparison to this month’s Yolo County Sauvignon Blanc offering, but will also be a great old-world companion to our exciting custom red blend from up in Mendocino.