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.’

Great line of the day

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

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  • Anonymous


    Your passion, knowledge and total lack of pretension are a shining example to the rest of the wine world which you (little bit of) and I are changing; but puh-lease…can you take a minute to work out how to pronounce the names on the bottles. This is not a comment born out of snobbery, just that I seriously wouldn’t know where to start looking if I wanted to find a wine you recommended on the strength of your pronunciation alone.

    Pascal Jolivet Les Caillots =

    pah-skalle – joe-lee-vay lay kai-oh

    Clos Riffault Les Boucauds =

    cloe – ree-foe – lay – boo-koe

    …well kinda anyway!

    how does that sound Mr Vay-Ner-Chuk?

  • Anonymous

    although I’ve only had the privilege of tasting a few of your recommendations Gary, but the top wine I’d say was the 2007 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris, as seen in episode 835.

  • Oakmon’s BF

    There have been times when something about your review caught my attention and I tried to track down the specific label. I nearly always fail to find it. I live in a state from which I can?t order wine from you or anywhere else. On one occasion I did make the trip to your store. Unfortunately the wines I picked up on that trip didn?t thrill me.

    You have had a positive influence on me by your recommendations of varietals and regions.

    You did a show on Lagrein from Alto Adige. I had never heard of Lagrein or Alto Adige but I picked up a bottle of Kupelwieser. I loved it and quickly bought four more bottles which are now in my cellar.

    You turned me on to Barbera and Dolcetto. I?ve since bought several. I can?t recall there being any that I didn?t really enjoy.

    You?ve recommended Portuguese reds. I?ve yet to be disappointed there either.

  • Anonymous

    Best wine I’ve had based on your recommendation was the Saint-Véran Les Pommards by Robert Dénogent, which coincidentally was the first show I’ve ever watched!

  • Anonymous

    Most people just write the name and bottle information down and take it with them when they go shopping. I myself write it in my Blackberry and when I am in my store of choice show it to someone there that can help, that is if I am confused. 😛

  • Anonymous

    That’s a solid point, but I still think Gary could aim for a little bit more accuracy with his pronunciation. This is the best wine show/resource on the web and I just think that this is the only weakness…

  • Anonymous

    Hey, play nice. We were all there at one point.

  • Anonymous

    Happy “Fat Tuesday”! Mardi Gras Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    If you love NZSB check your local Costco. I got the 2010 Villa Maria Cellar Selection for $15. It is one of the best NZSB’s I’ve had in a while.

  • Anonymous

    5 MORE ‘TILL 1000!!!!!

    QOTD: I live in SF so not all the wines you review are available here but what comes to mind is:
    1st was probably the 2004 Arrocal Ribera del Duero that you reviewed in sept 2006 (yup I’ve been watching since then.) aught a bunch of these and loved them. Recently the Shardana.

  • the best wine was prado ayala rioja 2006. at $9.98 for 750mls an unbelieveable bargain. this one had everything. inititial funk wore off.huge nose,complexity and a long finish with a hint of cinnamon. i think you scored it 90 but seemed very impressed. 93pts. to me. never was able to find another year. perhaps vines added to a fine estate to make a reserve?

  • Anonymous

    Oh almost forgot, the Wolftrap!

  • Absolument! Mais, il est un petit chou-chou, parfois. Non? 😉


    Je t’aime :OP

  • Anonymous

    I often can’t find/can’t afford the wines you taste on your show. I think the only one was the Chateau StJean Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a good one, but not the best I’ve had. (remember, I’ve only been drinking wine seriously for under a year).

    What your show has done is expose me to wine and teach me about it so that I know a bit about what to look for and expect when buying wine. I’ve sought out varietals based on your recommendations. I had great luck on a Vouvray I bought based on what you’ve said about it. Recently, I found a great cheap wine from Portugal based on your comments about Portugal. (Quinta Das Amoras Vinho Tinto 2008 $9)

    As you reach your 1000 mark I worry you’ll quit doing the show. I’d like to say that I think what you’re doing to educate and promote wine is great, and that you should continue! Being a relatively new viewer, I’d be sad if you gave it up after only 1000. 😉 What are numbers really? Give it up or pass the torch to someone else when it becomes a drag for you and you no longer care.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Never would have discovered Togni without you. Cheers my friend!

  • Anonymous

    Ahhhhh Mardi Gras, the excuse for people from the US to drink excessively on a week day. As if we needed an excuse!! (I do understand that for a very small percentage of the population of the US the day actually celebrates something besides alcohol poisoning).

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Rocca Cab Sav 2005, can’t get anymore

  • Couldn’t agree more, granted it’s tough to move through French, Spanish and Italian (especially when you talk, move and think as quickly as Gary), but every now and then I just have to wince. Also fair to point out that it’s the one and only weakness on the internet’s best wine resource.

  • That was a good one.

  • He’s been butchering the names of bottles for almost 1000 episodes. Now it’s just funny.

  • Phillips Hill Pinot
    Herman Story
    McPrice Meyers

    I am now a huge fan of all these makers thanks to you. Plus, I am a massive Loire Valley Cab Franc drinker, too. All your doing.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t agree more. Every year I put out a ‘Top ten under ten’ list for my
    Winos group that I formed for my ono-wine geek friends who occasionally buy
    wine but don’t spend a lot on it.

  • Anonymous

    2007 Domaine Les Pallière… thanks to this wine I’ve become a huge fan of Gigondas!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting session. I agree that sometimes it is hard to recognize superior quality and tasted until there is something to compare it against.

    QOTD Unfortunately, I have only been watching for a few months and haven’t had the chance to see if my palette agrees with Gary’s.

  • supertrirunner

    It’s always a great thing when someone discovers Togni for the first time!

  • supertrirunner

    Oooooooo….. Andrew Will. I love those wines especially the Ciel du Cheval! If you like Andrew will you should also try Keenan Mernet, and yes I know it’s not Washington but I think you would like it

  • Anonymous

    I think the point is that he needs to put in a little more effort. It’s fine if it’s not perfect, but as it stands now, it seems like he just picks up the bottle and completely wings it. Some kind of unintelligible gibberish is the result…

  • Anonymous

    qotd: Domaine Le Galantin Bandol – Episode #360
    great quality at a low price… amazing dark fruits, leather, and barnyard… really funky 😀

  • Mick Nesset

    QOTD: Without a doubt, the Cayuse En Chamberlin (05, not 04) rocked my world. Funk for days, with a deep matted fur and cabbage nose, but the fruit and acids were unbelievably bright. Still drooling while thinking about it.

  • NY Pete

    so lets bring the thunder already … 🙂

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: you recently featured L. Martini 07 Napa Cab. It’s a great wine and I’m glad you featured it.

    Great commentary today. I totally agree with you about the importance of tasting side by side.

  • Awesome ep…Sancerre’s one of my first loves in France, and often my meal starter.

    QOTD: I wouldn’t say any one stands out, but definitely the lesser-known Italian varietals stand out for me. It’s unlikely I would have tried them otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Tasting side by side; I ordered a delicious little flight of pinot noir the other night in a snooty wine bar with a James Beard nominated chef. I never would have had the confidence to even go in there if it weren’t for this show, Gary, thank you for your dedication. I have tried many things and expanded my palate because of you. The comments from the other viewers give me great ideas and the wine community is enhanced. I really appreciate this forum. As to the question of the day, I have only found one of the specific wines from the show up here in Alaska, but as I said before, the goal of trying new things is accomplished anyway. Keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: discovering Teraldego

  • I figured that out right after I left the comment. Sigh. Thanks AndersN for pointing it out. 🙂

  • I did notice price increase with the 08s.. Have not purchased any yet. The only one I’ve had was the 07 Sonoma Coast Pinot and was very impressed. Yeah… I know about first love! Thx so much.

  • Thx so much for episode numbers, Brunellofello. I was thinking about buying either the Sangiacomo or Gap’s Crown – will get Gap’s Crown and a cab!

  • Being French and having lived in the UK for many years, I am not horrified by Gary’s pronounciation of french towns ans varieties. In fact, if he was to pronounce it the french, italian,or spanish way, most people would not actually understand what he’s saying.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it’s a question of being horrified, just that sometimes he is way off even just on a phonetic level before any stylistic nuances would matter. It’s the equivalent of calling the New York Jets the Now Yuk Jots.

    I’m not suggesting that he should be able to slip, Kevin McCloud style, effortlessly into a cache of fluent European languages, I just think that for very little work he could improve his accuracy by about 200%. Just copying the native pronunciations phonetically, but retaining the trademark New Jersey accent would be great. Surely that’d be worth the effort?

  • laurensNL

    QOTD: Terrebrune Bandol rosé, thought that was really delicious

  • Oh Lisa, hope I didn’t make life to harsch(?) for ya 🙂

  • un petit chou-chou?
    Non, un entrepreneur et peut-être un demi-mauvais garçon. Mais bien sûr, toujours intéressant

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I was quite inspired by the rather recent Nebbiolo episodes starting with Malvira Langhe and finishing up with a great wine 2005 Produttori Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva that you really went all in with Gary and I love it.

  • Looks like I’m going to have to try some sancerre.

  • steve

    QOTD: I hadn’t had much white wine until this show. After you tasted some Italian whites I ordered one of the Valipoccello’s and was really impressed.

  • QOTD: No doubt the Alta Maria Pinot Noir. I think you were selling it for about 17 bones—what an amazing deal.

  • Meh, could only get into Didier’s Sauv Blanc, RIP.

    QOTD: probably Dancing Hares 2005, but that’s too forward for my palate nowdays.

  • pnova – same deal with me. It started with Episode 992. I haven’t been able to get a single episode to play on my ipod since 991. It sucks! What’s up?!?!

  • Same here!!


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