Although Cheverny is often compared with the better-known Loire Valley whites from Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre, Cheverny is actually a more easy-going wine, and in certain respects, an even better summer quaffer due to its more accessible citrus, yellow apple, and mineral-accented fruit. Unlike Pouilly-Fumé or Sancerre, which are made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, Cheverny uses a substantial percentage of Chardonnay, the archetypal grape of white Burgundy. The use of Chardonnay gives the Domaine Sauger Cheverny a roundness, juiciness, and soft opulence that is most appealing, and often absent in the steelier whites of Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre. Domaine Sauger, which dates back to 1870, is among the more venerable estates of the appellation.
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