Dominique Roger Domaine du Carrou

France

The Roger family’s roots in the Sancerre can be measured in centuries, with records showing the family residing in the region since the early 18th century. It was in 1950 that Dominique’s father Maurice started Domaine du Carrou in one of Sancerre’s finest villages, Bué. This high altitude bastion of Sauvignon Blanc boasts all three of the regions famed soil types: terres blanches, caillotes, and an enviable percentage of silex. 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 rarer and rarer in Sancerre). In the cellar, only indigenous yeasts are used and the wines are aged in tank to preserve the mineral cut of these privileged vineyards. The dedication put forth by the Roger family has vaulted to the upper echelons of the region. Domaine du Carrou is consistently ranked as one of the top producers in all of Sancerre by La Revue du Vin de France and other French publications.

Wines

Domaine du Carrou Sancerre Blanc · Profile

This wine is the traditional cuvée of Domaine du Carrou with grapes from selected plots of the four prime locations in Sancerre. The spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast ensures that the full character of the terroir is retained. Light, bright yellow colour. Lovely fresh aromatic sauvignon blanc aroma; clean and bright. Intense, lively palate, with racy acidity and some phenolic grip to dry the finish and add savouriness. Ripe fruit—there’s nothing green about this.

Domaine du Carrou Sancerre Blanc · Pairing

To be enjoyed with fresh mussels, raw and baked oysters, grilled and pan fried fish, and asparagus.

Domaine du Carrou Sancerre Rosé · Profile

Made with hand-picked Pinot Noir grapes from the highest vineyard in Bué. A beautiful rosé wine with an impressive freshness and forward fruit. Aromas of fresh red berries, orange zest and chalky minerals, backed by a delicate floral nuance. Juicy and inviting, offering refreshing orange zest and redcurrant flavours. Long finish with great expression of terroir.

Domaine du Carrou Sancerre Rosé · Pairing

A rosé wine that combines elegance, power and substance. It pairs well with a vast variety of dishes, including a cold and hot buffet, roasted poultry, smoked and grilled salmon, and salads. No matter what you throw at this wine in terms of food pairing, it will not let you down.

Domaine du Carrou Sancerre Rouge · Profile

100% Pinot Noir, harvested from “terres blanches” vineyard sites in the communes of Bué and Sancerre. AA wine that impresses with clean, pronounced red berry flavours, full of fresh strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. The medium body with well integrated tannins leads into a pleasant, silky finish.

 

Domaine du Carrou Sancerre Rouge · Pairing

Good choice with meats in puff pastry, mushroom dishes, veal, and roasted poultry. With its nice acidity it also harmonizes with grilled fish.