Vincent Delaporte – a full profile

Vincent Delaporte – a full profile

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. On this occasion Jim Budd reviews the Vincent Delaporte domaine in Sancerre.

>> Vincent Delaporte (Sancerre)

Although this family business can trace its history back to the 17th century, it is under the direction of young Matthieu that the domaine has become one of the most exciting in Sancerre. Matthieu, the grandson of Vincent, took over from his father, Jean-Yves, in 2010 and has set out to improve the quality of the wines by reducing yields, cutting out weedkillers, picking everything by hand and increasing the use of barrels. Matthieu is certainly one of the young rising stars of Sancerre making a range of impressively precise wines. The domaine is in the centre of Chavignol and has 33 hectares of vines. 75% is planted with Sauvignon Blanc and the rest with Pinot Noir. 50 different parcels make up the 33 hectares with a big majority south facing and 35% on silex (flint).

The modern Delaporte cellar

The domaine has a range of three whites, three reds and a rosé. For the whites the Sancerre Blanc Chavignol is the generic wine and comes from 20 different parcels and is vinified in stainless steel. The Sancerre Silex is vinified and aged for 12 months in 600-litre barrels. The top white is from Les Monts Damnés, the steep Kimmeridgian slopes that dominates Chavignol to the north of the village. Like the Silex is vinified and aged in 600-litre barrels but spends eight months in wood. The reds are similar with Sancerre Rouge Chavignol coming from a number of parcels mainly clay/flint soils with the red from caillottes (limestone). The wine is aged for 12 months in wood – a mix of small vats and 228-litre barrels. The Sancerre Silex comes from 40-year-old vines and is matured in 228-litre barrels – 25% new – for 12 months. The very impressive Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu is the only red produced on the Cul de Beaujeu, the steep slope just to the west of Chavignol. Its vinification and maturation is the same as the Silex. The fine Sancerre Rosé is vinified in stainless steel and bottled in March following the vintage. (JB)

The wines

Recommended Reds:

Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu ★★★★ £E
Sancerre Silex ★★★ £D
Sancerre Chavignol ★★★ £C

Recommended Whites:

Sancerre Monts Damnés ★★★★ £E
Sancerre Silex ★★★ £D
Sancerre Chavignol ★★★ £C

Recommended Rosés:

Sancerre ★★★ £D

Ownership and Contact

Delaporte family

Chavignol, 18300 Sancerre

Tel: 02 48 78 03 32



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