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Tuesday, 4th September 2018

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A visit to Domaine Serge Laloue

A wine tasting and winery visit to Domaine Serge Laloue in Thauvenay, just outside Sancerre, France, last June, following a recommendation by the local importer, Stephen Rausi, led to this article published in the September issue of Taste & Flair.

Christine Laloue, daughter of the founder, who runs the estate with her brother Franck, was a wonderful hostess. She showed us round the vineyards, explained the terroir in detail, showed us the oak barrels where the wine is aged and the wine-making equipment.

We tasted no fewer than seven wines, culminating in the 2008 barrel-aged 1166 wine. Christine even took us to the centre of Sancerre to the building owned by the Sancerre consortium where we climbed several flights of stairs up a tower for a stunning view of the region. A few steps away from the main square and we also saw their newest opening, the Domaine Serge Laloue boutique.

When asking for a Sancerre (there are 300 producers in the Sancerre region alone) when you next go to a restaurant (or call in at Stephen Rausi’s) ask for Domaine Serge Laloue by name. You will not be disappointed.