Dominique Roger’s passion for viniculture and the aging of his Sancerre is not new. His wines received great reviews, which doesn’t come as a surprise when considering the motto Dominique lives by: “There is no excellent wine without excellent grapes”.
See below what the critics had to say about it:
Dominique Roger ‘Chene Marchand’ Sancerre Blanc
- 94/100 Huon Hooke – Light to mid-yellow, bright colour, with a ripe stone-fruit aroma. White peach, ripe pear and just a hint of kiwifruit. The palate is rich and intense, driving and mouth-filling while at the same time tense and penetrating, the acidity driving it long on the aftertaste, where a kick of alcohol resides. Refreshingly dry and beautifully balanced. A very smart sauvignon blanc.
Dominique Roger – Domaine du Carrou ‘Sancerre’ Blanc
- 93/100 Huon Hooke – Light, bright yellow colour. Lovely fresh aromatic sauvignon blanc aroma; clean and bright. Intense, lively palate, with jumpy acidity and some phenolic grip to dry the finish and add savouriness. Ripe fruit—there’s nothing green about this. Very good.
Domaine du Carrou ‘Sancerre’ Rose
- 93/100 Huon Hooke – Light-salmon to coral-pink colour, fresh and subtly fragrant to sniff, with traces of strawberry jam and quince paste. The wine is intense yet delicate in the mouth, with long carry and good vitality, due in part to bright acidity, the finish cleansing and refreshingly dry. It’s very lip-smacking and demands food.
Dominique Roger – Tradition, with an eye on the future
The Roger family has a long history in Sancerre, with records indicating that the family has lived there since the early 18th century. Dominique’s father Maurice founded Domaine du Carrou in Bué, one of Sancerre’s most beautiful towns, in 1950. This high-altitude Sauvignon Blanc hotspot has all three of the region’s famous soil types: Terres blanches, caillotes, and a silex percentage that is unrivalled.
Dominique prefers to cultivate the soils regularly in the vineyards, allowing the roots to extend into the limestone mother rock. No herbicides or pesticides are used, and the grapes are solely harvested by hand (a practise that is becoming rarer and rarer in Sancerre).
To retain the mineral cut of these exceptional vineyards, only indigenous yeasts are used in the cellar, and the wines are matured in tanks. The Roger family’s dedication has propelled them to the top of the region’s hierarchy. La Revue du Vin de France and other French magazines frequently list Domaine du Carrou as one of Sancerre’s top producers.
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