There is no great wine without excellent grapes. This is the motto of Dominique Roger, a passionate viniculture that takes meticulous care at all times in the vinification and aging of his Sancere.
Located in the famous village of Bué, in the region of Sancerre, the ten-hectare Domaine du Carrou has been owned and operated by the Rogers since the 17th century.
It was in 1950 that Dominique’s father Maurice started Domaine du Carrou in one Sancerre’s finest villages, Bué.
Dominique Roger ‘Chene Marchand’ Sancerre Blanc
Color: Citrine yellow.
Nose: IThe nose has delicate nectarine, white peach and pink grapefruit in the nose.
Palate: The palate has mouthwatering white peach and nectarine flavours intertwined with walnut and pistachio characters and touches of minerality weaving its way through.
Dominique Roger – Domaine du Carrou ‘Sancerre’ Blanc
Color: Pale yellow colour with green hues. Aromas of white flowers, citrus, white peach and yellow nectarine.
Nose: Aromas of white flowers, citrus, white peach and yellow nectarine.
Palate: The frame of orchard fruits is supported by generous minerality and delicate acidity.
Domaine du Carrou ‘Sancerre’ Rose
Color: Bright and intense color with gold highlights.
Nose: Distilling elegant and discreet citrus aromas (pink grapefruit and lemon), but especially yellow peach.
Palate: An ideal acidity carried by a beautifully structured frame, its refreshing notes of pear in syrup, give it a certain pleasure to the palate.
Pairings: This wine goes well with white meats or cold meats (same smoked), smoked salmon and any summer or exotic menu.
Dominique Roger – Domaine du Carrou ‘Sancerre’ Rouge
Nose: Cherry, morello cherries, raspberry on the nose.
Palate: Lots of red fruits(cherry, morello cherries, raspberry) on the nose and palate on a spicy finish. Delicious wine supported by beautiful harmonious tannins.
Pairings: pairs nicely with fish.
Characteristics of the vineyards and terroir
The Domaine du Carrou is located in the village of Bué, one of the 14 communes sharing the Sancerre appellation in Center-Loire.
The “Carrou” is the name of the square adjacent to the cellars of the Domaine. The word Carrou is old French for crossroads, or an intersection.
In the Domaine, it also symbolizes the meeting of three major soil types in the terroir. The shallow, stony soils of clay and limestone contribute to the floral, citrus and intense minerality, true to the style of this classic Sancerre.
In the vineyards Dominique chooses to work the soils constantly, allowing the roots to extend into the limestone mother rock. Herbicides and pesticides are never used and the grapes are only hand harvested – a practice that is becoming increasingly rare in Sancerre.
This high altitude growth of Sauvignon Blanc boasts all three of the region’s famed soil types: terres blanches, caillotes, and an enviable percentage of silex.
Bué enjoys a solid reputation emanating from its exceptional terroirs which reveal a strong identity and purity of expression to the 7 vintages of the Domain.
The Centre-Loire, as its name implies, is at the exact geographical center of France. Grapes have been grown here for at least 2,000 years.
This is the original home of Sauvignon Blanc and of Sancerre the world’s most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc wine that sets international standards for the grape.
Lesser known but equally fine examples include and Pouilly-Fumé, Menetou-Salon, Quincy and Reuilly.
The region also produces excellent reds and rosé from Pinot Noir in Sancerre, Menetou-Salon, and Chateaumeillant.