Olly Smith drinks Sancerre—
Sir Roger Moore would have been 91 today, so Happy Birthday, Rog, and here’s to happy memories! Sir Roger had a passion for Sancerre. So in honour of His Rogesty, here’s a brief guide, and some zesty alternatives.
Great examples of Sancerre can command high prices and although my wine of the week is £17.50, it’s well worth the money. Some supermarkets have decent own-label bottles, such as Tesco Finest Sancerre 2017 (12.5%) for £13 or Aldi Sancerre 2017 (12.5%) for £11.49. But my philosophy on Sancerre is go big or go home.
To get a similar zesty wine while saving some cash, look down the road in the Loire to Haut-Poitou for wallet-friendly Sauvignon Blanc. Colombard from Gascogny, Spanish Godello, Vermentino from Italy or Austrian Grüner Veltliner are all worth sampling.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
BRILLIANT BLEND: Cuvée Pêcheur 2017 (11.5%) £5.49 Waitrose. Kapow! A pink grapefruit meteorite of a wine.
MOST SANCERRE-LY: Exquisite Collection Haut-Poitou Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (12.5%) £6.99 Aldi. A zesty bargain that’s a ringer for Sancerre – same grape, different place.
SIMPLY THE ZEST: Pfaff Neubern Grüner Veltliner 2017 (13%) £8.99 Lidl. Stunning crisp refreshment with power and definition from a world-class winery. Snap it up!
THE GLORY OF GODELLO: Maga Karma do Sil Godello 2017 (13%) £13.95 leaandsandeman.co.uk. Peachy, richly textured with zesty pure flavours – this glorious Godello is must-buy wine.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Berry Bros & Rudd Sancerre 2017 (13.5%) £16.95. A glass with ample class to raise to His Rogesty. In fact, this pristine white made by David Sautereau verges on iconic.