While Etienne Daulny combines grapes from about fifty different plots into his regular cuvee of Sancerre, the Domaine Daulny Sancerre Clos de Chaudenay comes strictly from a single vineyard just above Verdigny. Of the three sub-districts of Sancerre, Verdigny is the one that produces the finest, most delicately aromatic Sauvignon Blanc.
On this gentle slope, the southwest facing Sauvignon Blanc vines are about forty years old, and they are harvested by hand. "Clos de Chaudenay" translates as "hot spot," denoting that these southwest facing slopes recieve plenty of sun. For the Clos de Chaudenay cuvee, Daulny ages a small percentage aged in well-seasoned, oversized oak barrels, adding this to the bulk of the wine that is aged in stainless steel. This step adds a greater degree of complexity to the wine, but stops short of imparting any pronounced oaky flavors.
The Sauvignon Blancs of Verdigny are known for the refinement and minerality. This wine, made from 50 year old hillside vines, combines the wonderful concentration imparted by the old vines to the benchmark Verdigny vibrancy. Beautiful green apple fruit, with fine concentration, and the zesty finish that is typical of the best Sancerre.
Try this wine with pan-seared fish served with fresh fava beans.