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>> Saturday, 6 February 2010

Bottles aging in the cellar. Domaine de la Perriere, Sancerre, Loire, France


Domaine de la Perrière, Sancerre, Loire, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Domaine de la Perriere is on a slope just outside the village of Sancerre in the upper Loire valley. From the hilltop village of Sancerre you can see in big white like letters in the vineyard “Domaine de la Perriere”.

The vineyards are planted with the classic grape varieties for the region: for the white wines they use sauvignon blanc grapes, and for the red wines it is pinot noir. They have 42 hectares of vineyards, some located around the winery, near the Sancerre village, and also in Bannay, Verdigny, Saint Satur, Crezancy and Vinon.

The winery itself is quite a curiosity worth seeing: it is entirely located in a gigantic underground grotto, carved out of the soft tuffeau calcareous stone. You enter through a hole in the mountainside and come in to a gigantic hall that houses fermentation tanks presses, aging cellars and even a well guarded room with some old vintages of the wine. With the high humidity in the cave it is no surprise that the bottles are all mouldy.


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