Lauverjat

  • Menetou Salon, Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre, Loire, France
Lauverjat

The Lauverjat family has been farming in Sancerre for generations in the tiny village of Sury-en-Vaux. For many years, the family had a mill on a tiny river called La Belaine that is next to the winery and they used to mill their own wheat; the winery is still known by some as the "Moulin des Vrillères".They have 110 hectares of grains, including wheat, hops, and rapeseed and 13 hectare of vines in Sury-en-Vaux and Sainte-Gemme-en-Sancerrois, two small villages within the Sancerre appellation. In 2019, Karine's son, Kevin joined Karine's husband, Christian at the winery after finishing his studies in Beaune. Their daughter, Suzie, helps Karine run their wine and gift shop in the center of Sancerre.

Sury-en-Vaux and Sainte-Gemme sit next to each other, which is a big risk in terms of weather because the vines are in a small area and for that reason, they purchase fruit in tough years. They purchase from cousins or other family friends and the intention is to give them an insurance of survival in case their vineyards are damaged, rather than to make more wine. They farm following sustainable viticulture. They favor working the soil and have used a pulverized seaweed to combat disease since 2008, allowing them to reduce chemical treatments for mildew by 30%. They never use herbicides or pesticides and they grow grass in the rows to prevent erosion.

They make Sancerre in all three colors, white, rose and red. They have a special old-vine parcel of Sauvignon Blanc that is bottled on it's own and it's called "Perle Blanche". They also have a small parcel just outside of the Sancerre appellation that is an IGP Sauvignon. They have an excellent Menetou-Salon and Pouilly-Fume in their line up as well. In the cellar the whites are made in thermo-regulated tanks and the reds are made in large wooden conical tanks. Several years ago, they invested in a new clay filtration system that allows them to very gently filter the wines without stripping them of their character. The wines from Lauverjat undoubtedly represent some of the best values to be had from the appellation.  www.sancerre-online.com

Andreas Larsson Tastes Lauverjat Sancerre "Perle Blanche" Vieilles Vigne 2020
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Andreas Larsson Tastes Lauverjat Sancerre Blanc 2020
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DB1298-21
Sustainable
Lauverjat Menetou-Salon
2021
Sauvignon Blanc
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France

DB9836-21
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Lauverjat Pouilly-Fumé
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France

DB1297-21
Sustainable
Lauverjat Sancerre "Perle Blanche" Vieilles Vignes
2021
Sauvignon Blanc
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France

DB6591-21
Sustainable
Lauverjat Sancerre Blanc
2021
Sauvignon Blanc
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France

DB6593-21
Sustainable
Lauverjat Vin de Pays de Loire Sauvignon
2021
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France

DB6592-20
Sustainable
Lauverjat Sancerre Rosé
2020
Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir, fermented and aged in stainless steel. This salmon-colored beauty has enticing aromas of wild strawberries and the classic...
France

DB6592-21
Sustainable
Lauverjat Sancerre Rosé
2021
Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir, fermented and aged in stainless steel. This salmon-colored beauty has enticing aromas of wild strawberries and the classic...
France

DB8170-20
Sustainable
Lauverjat Sancerre Rouge
2020
Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir, aged for 10 months in barrel.
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