kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Grape Find: Laurent Reverdy Sancerre

When it comes to white wine, I guess you could call me a a stoner and an acid junkie. In other words, I love crisp, mineral-driven whites. And no wine epitomizes these two great qualities for me more than Sancerre. The Sauvignon Blanc-based wine from France's Loire Valley has everything I crave: high acidity, restrained fruit, and an enticing mineral/stone/slate quality. I could drink it every day.

The trouble is that much great Sancerre is priced out of what I would consider and "everyday wine", (i.e. upwards of $25). Perfect for a Saturday night, but not a Tuesday night (at least in my house.)

Last week I was doing some shopping at an area Trader Joe's. Though I admittedly have never been overly impressed with the selections in their wine department (with a few exceptions, including a delish Cremant de Bourgogne I recently picked up), I saw the 2010 Laurent Reverdy Sancerre on the shelf for $12.99. I was skeptical. However, I figured I would grab one bottle and see if it even had a smattering of the qualities I love about Sancerre.

I served it at a Bastille-themed wine and cheese party with some friends whose exposure to Sauvignon Blanc typically comes from those from New Zealand, Chile or California. We were all impressed with its balanced acidity, and restrained notes of lemon and minerals. Granted, the finish was not as lengthy or pleasant as higher end Sancerres, but for the price it's a great introduction to the wine style (and fitting for take-out Tuesday.)

Serve it well chilled, with goat cheese or shellfish. But it's also great all by itself.