EP 995 Head to Head Sancerre Tasting

Gary Vaynerchuk tastes one of his favorite white wines, Sancerre. See which producer wins this head to head tasting!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2009 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Les CaillotsSancerre Blanc
2009 Clos Riffault Sancerre Les BoucaudsSancerre Blanc

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line of the day – ”No leave of absence for four months because your wife is pregnant – this is an old school man’s man kind of wine.’

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Tags: French, review, Sancerre, Video, white, wine, wines

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  • Don Simpson

    I would be remiss if I forgot to mention Gigondas!!! One of my favorite regions. Fantastic.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: 2008 Francois Chidaine Vouvray Bouchet – phenomenal and will be just as good (even better) in 10, 15 or even 20 years

  • Anonymous

    Toscanini Tannat

  • Anonymous

    Well, here goes…

    QOTD: I have fallen in love with Lopez de Heredia. I am limited in what I can procure, but the 2000 Vina Gravonia is available to me, and I loved it. I even bought some Panda licorice to eat with it!

  • Anonymous

    2009 Poets Leap Riesling. I love the new world reds but you haven’t done many that I drink. Or at least I haven’t been able to find them in search πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: It’s impossible to say because ever since I started watching your show I’ve never tried the same wine twice and you introduced me to so many varietals coming from different regions. But some of the most memorable have been (in no particular order):
    1. Sojourn pinot noir
    2. 2006 chataeu le gay
    3. Tommasi Amarone
    4. Champagne in general! I always kind of shied away from champagne, particularly roses but now I consider the varietal one of my favorites.

    Keep the hustle going, I would love to fill your shoes if you ever decided to quit but I don’t have the bankroll nor ability to polish off 2-4 bottles a day to keep the show going. (I would never spit so I would have to drink them with my wife.) So save me the hangovers and the financial black hole and keep on spitting into the Jets bucket. Love your show!

  • Anonymous

    dude- I have 2. One I got from you one I had to source. Joly Clos de la Bergerie 2005 the most I have ever paid for a white wine. I bought it strictly on the color and the vibrancy of Joly. What an amazing person 628-629) The other the 2007 Lindaflor Malbec I got 2 bottles I cracked one with my brother over the holidays then the other. It was a huge wine that we could have put it away for 5 years. A after my wife releases me from wine probation πŸ˜‰ I’ll get a case. Hopefully Gary will have some left.

  • Anonymous

    Bought two bottles of the Robert Denogent white burg last February. Drank one of them upon arrival and am saving the second. Amazing wine…one that you said had “one of the five to ten best noses in WLTV history.”

  • to be honest I have not drank a wine that you have done on your show. the reason being it is not that easy to get hold of overseas wines here in South Africa, or they are a little expensive if you do. I must add that I have started expanding the palate quite a bit tasting different varietals other than just Cab, Shiraz ext ext

  • Anonymous

    4 more big guy!!

    QPTD: I think the Les Calice has probably been my all-time fave. But, I’m probably overlooking a few hundo here or there.

  • I love Sojourn, too, and didn’t know that Gary had it on the show. How did I miss it?

  • Good show. I am definitely a fan of Sancerre which, now that I think about it, is likely do to Gary. I would definitely echo the sentiments I am seeing below. Gary has inspired me to try so many wines. Often I can’t find the wines he reviewed but do try one of the Gavis, or Vinho Verdes, or Cru Beaujolais I can find. I quite simply wouldn’t have done it without this show. Kudos!

    QOTD: In addition to the above Wind Gap and Alta Maria but those are really only the most recent ones I’ve tried. A few still in the cellar and a few I just can’t remember off the top of my head.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD Mitolo GAM. Outstanding wine. Ben Glaetzer knows shiraz,,,

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Well I hardly try exactly the ones you review. ItΒ΄s more about inspiration. I think recently you pushed me into the Nebbiolo corner.

  • Oh yes… that was the Les Pallieres gigondas – Racines .. I remember the episode as it was awesome. I bought two bottles and loved them.

  • FANTASTIC QOTD: Thank you for introducing me to CDP. But I’d have to say the best wine would have to be 2005 Domaine de l’Hortus Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St. Loup Grande CuvΓ©e. Purchased 1/2 a case from New York State and have loved every bottle.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: It is a toss up between Barolo and High end Beaujolais. But I like both very much and want to taste more.

  • I have yet to try a sancerre, but recently bought one and will try it soon thanks to GV’s inspirational shows… In fact, I’m drinking wines from all over the map thx to Gary. Yes, you are changing the wine world and we appreciate it!
    1. Black Kite pinot noir
    2 Gigondas – thx to Kermit Lynch ep. last year.
    3 Loring – Pinot Noir
    4 Ampelos Pinot Noir

  • Anonymous

    I remember the label but the wine,,,,,, not so much. Cellartracker says I gave it a 93! I’m smarter than I thought.

  • Anonymous

    Shout out to the chest hair.

    Haven’t gotten into a specific wine because of the show(I live in Canada), but definitely over the last year have been much less critical of fruit bombs, as well as the more modern style Bordeaux. This can definitely be traced back to the show.

  • Yeah, How did we miss it??? I just watched the episode and must have it… There goes my wine budget. Thx Castello. It’s all your fault.

  • Anonymous

    Chilean Pinot Noirs and Cab Francs for the Loire for sure!!!

  • Ha!

  • QOTD: Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco Rabaja 2005. AMAZING!….

  • Gigondas is awesome… I just got a Jeroboam of KL’s on pre-arrival. Looking forward to pop that in the future!

    You are a pinot freak. : )

  • Chartogne Taillet is interesting Grower Champage. Good call on that one.

  • That was my choice. Good work!

  • I still want to try Betz. He gave them a lot of love when he had that wine with that cool guest (specifics are escaping me… its late).

    I love WA!

  • ya think? Too funny. I love reds and drink a lot of Pinot I guess. Will check out Jeroboam.. Thx!

  • GV- Mad props for all the content, effort, and especially passion given to the humble masses over the last 5 years. It’s been a pleasure & a priveledge to be along for the ride! Early Kudos on epi # 1000! Thanks for everything!

    QOTD: 05 Elias Mora Gran Toro- Ian Dorin became my “go to” guy after this recommend!

  • I think you did wonders by introducing me to Moscato D’Asti. Nothing else crosses my mind at this point. Probably because I need to get my act together and start watching the 800+ episodes I haven not yet seen!

  • Anonymous

    Whoa! GV! Way to bring the thunder! that was 5 and 1/2 minutes of concentrated wine knowledge. That was to wine blogs what Sancerre is to Sauvignon Blanc.

    QOTD: The foreign wines you taste are either too expensive or too rare to find on the West Coast. There are two wines that you have really hipped me to lately: 1) The Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla – it’s the dark blanket I like to pull over myself in the Portland winter. 2) the Penner-Ash Viognier, which I drank before you tasted it on this show, but you reminded me of how awesome it is.

    You’re the man Gary. Thanks for the awesome Sancerre tasting. Keep it rocking 1,ooo and beyond

    p.s. Drink Oregon & Washington Viognier!

  • Not used to see Gary wearing a shirt. That suits him pretty well!!

  • Anonymous


    That’s it. Today I had decided I will help you prononce French Winemakers and Producers’s names correctly !!..
    Seriously i’ll do it !
    Present from me to thank you for all the great shows !

  • Christiaan

    yeah Gary need to learn this asap…

  • Anonymous

    Gary, you are sportin’ the chest hair in this one. Go Jews!


    Qotd: Also Champagne and all things sparkling, Thanks for beatin’ the drums for them GV.:)

  • Oui, se vrai. gary c’est un enfant terrible πŸ™‚

  • jeroboam is a bottle size


    Also Nebuchadnezzar is an awesome producer, Hihi! πŸ˜‰

  • Not only the Frensh ones πŸ˜‰

  • @QOTD
    I’m struggeling between the Poliziano “Asinone” and the 2007 Andrew Will Champoux. Both 94+ wines in my book.

  • Brunellofello

    Hey Lisa S, Sojourn was episodes #358 & #624. Click on “past episodes” and search for “Sojourn” I love their wines. The cabs are smooth and their pinots are also great (especially the Gap’s Crown).

  • absolutely! as cool as is is to taste baller wines, my pragmatic side, LOVES to find everyday deals like that Mencia…helps to save the pennies for the special bottles.

  • absolutely! as cool as is is to taste baller wines, my pragmatic side, LOVES to find everyday deals like that Mencia…helps to save the pennies for the special bottles.

  • Nice, tight show about one of my fav whites. Down in the Caribbean right now and your Tasting Room pak will be tonight’s entertainment.

    QOTD: There have been many but every vintage of the San Roman Toro stands out at the moment.

    5 MORE TO GO!


  • QOTD: Ferraton Ermitage 2007
    But I am yet to see a show with a cotes du rhone village Cairanne, and I am not biased at all.
    Come on Gary, bring us a Cairanne !!!!!!!

  • DaveAll

    haha. stalker!

  • Twice! We’re down to about a case left right now – 5 pinots and 6 cabs – with another case (mostly library wines, actually) coming.

    It’s one of those wines that, you know, it’s your first love maybe you hold it in a higher regard… but it always holds up πŸ™‚ Prices are definitely starting to turn upwards though with the couple of bigger scores they’ve gotten.

  • Anonymous

    Really good point about the importance of context. It’s so much easier to zone in on what you do like when you’ve established what you don’t like first!


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