The Famille Thomas Sancerre Les Creots is produced inside the picturesque hamlet of Verdigny in the central Loire is the Thomas family. They’ve been growing grapes in Sancerre since the 17th century. Julien Thomas is the 13th generation winemaker to assume the charge of crafting outstanding Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. His modern innovation is the not-so modern incorporation of biodynamic practices into the families 16 hectares of vines. Another technique he has introduced is stirring the lees in the barrels of Sauvignon Blanc for 6-8 months. This a common method for Muscadet on the Atlantic coast, but less common in the central Loire. The wines have loads of depth and personality, and provide a different dimension to Sancerre’s personality.

Tasting note: As our distributor mentioned about this wine, it is a “heavy duty Sancerre with age and lees influence” and is not for the Sauvignon Blanc fan looking for the “light and gossamer Sancerre”. We like this style, and this Les Creots is a terrific example of what six months of lees stirring (battonage) can do to Sauvignon Blanc.  It is literally whipped into a full bodied, dry Sauvignon Blanc with flavors and aromas of lemon, grapefruit, apricot, yeast, chalk, and salt.  Not a cookie cutter version of Sancerre, there is weight, definition and a strong pulse. Unmitigated development is most certain the future for Les Creots.

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