If one is looking for quintessential Loire Sauvignon then this veteran vigneron is the ideal person to call upon. André Vatan, now aided by son Antoine as well as his wife Arielle (they must have fun opening their post and I didn't even mention siblings Aimée and Adrian!), is one of Yapp Brothers' longest-serving suppliers, based in the hamlet of Chaudoux, to the north of the town just off the D57. We have been shipping his acclaimed Sancerre wine 'Les Perriers' since he was a young lad helping out his father Jean and we haven't missed a vintage since, so we can attest with certainty as to their consistently high quality.
Their Sancerre 'Les Perriers' is widely acknowledged as being a classic wine of the appellation and has garnered numerous awards and accolades while remaining competitively priced. It has alluring elderflower and 'cut grass' aromas and a smooth, sensuous plate with a generous weight of succulent, gooseberry fruit and a long, elegant finish. Traditional accompaniments to this wine include the local Crottin de Chavignol goat's cheese and fresh asparagus but it drinks very well in its own right as an uplifting aperitif.
As well as substantial plantings of Sauvignon the Vatans also boast two hectares of Pinot Noir from which they produce an excellent red and rosé, Sancerre wines that are both bottled as 'Maulin Bèle'. The rosé has an attractive coral pink colour, crushed Summer berry scents and a lovely, dry palate of redcurrants and rosehips. The red has a bright red fruit and violet bouquet and supple, mid-weight palate with some cool, mineral undertones. It drinks well lightly-chilled and is ideal for picnics and outdoor entertaining.