This superb Sancerre is made by the Bougrier family who have specialized in the wines of the Loire Valley since 1885 (over 5 generations). The head of the family, Noel Bougrier, has long been an ambassador for Loire Valley wines and is president of the Syndicat of Loire Valley negociants. Their Sancerre vineyards lie on the chalky limestone hills looking down on the River Loire and its tributary the River Cher. Sancerre sits directly opposite the appellation of Pouilly Fume in the eastern part of the Loire. The town lies on an outcrop of the chalk that runs from the White Cliffs of Dover across to Champagne and on to Chablis in Burgundy.
The Domaine Millet Sancerre is made from grapes grown on the area known as ‘Terres Blanches’ (the white ground) which refers to the layer of white fossil strewn soil covering the limestone slopes that gives this wine its deliciously dry chalky character. Based in Saint Georges sur Cher, near the beautiful Chateau de Chenonceau, the Bougriers are in a somewhat unique position – they also own several estates throughout the length of the Loire Valley (in Saumur, Anjou, Vouvray, Touraine and Muscadet).
Dedicated to both the land and to the people of the Loire Vally it’snot difficult to see why the Bougriers have a raft of awards for their wine making. Their Sancerre is particularly fine and this is the first time Domaine Millet has been seen in the UK, being exclusive to Bordeaux-Undiscovered.
With its citrusy flavours and clean acidity Domaine Millet is a lovely wine to match with food. It’s classically paired with local goat’s cheese and is particularly good with both fresh and warm salads, tarragon chicken and Thai green curry. It’s also great with oysters, crayfish, trout, smoked salmon and haddock.