After 2 years of terminated travel, it was good to catch-up with Arielle Vatan last year. When Jason reminded her of one of his most vivid childhood memories of visiting the winery in Chaudoux and being impressed by witnessing a goat giving birth, Arielle reminded him that they gave up goat farming in 1976 - which is testament to how long we've been shipping the family's superb Sancerre wines.
Happily, their range of wines were showing as well as ever and their white Sancerre 'Les Perriers' - their principal wine in terms of volume - has a pale straw colour, nervy nettle and elderflower aromas and a racy, citrus-edged palate underscored by fresh acidity. It is the perfect accompaniment to new season's asparagus or all manner of seafood so understandably has a loyal following from bistros and brasseries. Its rosé sibling 'Maulin Bèle' is made from pure Pinot Noir and has a pale, coral-pink robe, uplifting strawberry and red cherry scents and flavours that are ideal for al fresco enjoyment. A well-balanced, mid-weight red Sancerre, also from pure Pinot Noir and bottled under the 'Maulin Bèle' label, is best served lightly-chilled and is redolent of plums and damsons and is supported by supple tannins that precede an elegant finish. It makes a fine partner to charcuterie and warm goat's cheese salads and represents great value compared to most Burgundian competitors.