Sancerre is not simply a wine - it’s also a region of the same name in France’s Loire Valley. Long ago, the wines produced here were actually mainly red Pinot Noirs. But today, the Sauvignon Blanc-based whites have have clearly taken center stage. Sancerre’s rise to prominence is due in large part to its unique expression of terroir. The wines are characteristically dry, zesty, and mineral-driven - that is, the aromas and flavors crushed rocks or wet stones. Minerality makes Sancerre a wine that is at once mouthwatering and thirst-slaking. An array of white soil types in the region shape the wines in various ways: clay and limestone impart richness while gravel highlights Sauvignon Blanc’s citrus fruits and silex soil revs up the mineral-core as well as Sancerre’s remarkable ageability.