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Apr 29, 2012 01:01 PM

Best inexpensive Sancerre and Sauvignon Blanc

Summer is upon us! (At least I like to think it is.) Can hounds suggest their favorite inexpensive bottles of Sancerre and Sauvignon Blanc? Many thanks.

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  1. Doesn't that depend upon how one defines "inexpensive"?

    Gerard Boulay's Sancerres are outstanding, and at $21.99, I find it to be an excellent value, playing (as they say) "well above its playing weight" -- especially compared to the approx. $40 Cotat . . . The same can be said for the Sancerre from Thomas-Labaille. All three of these producers are in Chavignol.

    From New Zealand, Isabel is $15.99 or so.

    From California, Mason Sauvignon Blanc is still +/- $12.99.

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    1. re: zin1953

      Yes, sorry, I should have specified. $15 and under is what I'm hunting for. Thanks you for your suggestions.

      1. re: luckiestduck

        At $20 I've liked Domaine de la Perriere's Sancerre.

    2. Finding Sancerre for under $15 is getting more and more difficult. If you still want Loire Valley sauvignon blanc wines, however, you'll find more wines from Quincy and Reuilly in your price range. But wines from those appellations aren't easily found unless you live in a large enough city.

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      1. re: Brad Ballinger

        I live in NYC, so I'm in luck in that regard. I don't really know a lot about wine, so I was hoping to get leads from the experts and enthusiasts here.

        1. re: luckiestduck

          Brad is quite right -- Sancerre for <$15 is VERY difficult these days. Contact the people at Chambers St. -- they have an excellent selection of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs . . . they've never steered me wrong.

        2. re: Brad Ballinger

          Excellent recommendation! (from Brad Ballinger)

          also Menetou-Salon, but I prefer Reuilly/Quincy so far.