André Vatan, now aided by son Antoine as well as his wife Arielle (they must have fun opening their post and I didn't even mention siblings Aimée and Adrian!), is one of Yapp Brothers' longest-serving suppliers. We have been shipping his acclaimed Sancerre 'Les Perriers' since he was a young lad helping out his father Jean and we haven't missed a vintage since. It is unfailingly reliable with classic elderflower and cut grassscents and a nervy, citrus-edged palate with minerally undertones and wonderful delineation. It shows Loire valley Sauvignon in a very pure light and is widely regarded as being a reference point for the appellation.
The Vatans also make an estimable Sancerre rosé, called 'Maulin Bèle', from pure Pinot Noir that has a lovely, coral-pink robe fresh, redcurrant aromas and zesty, red berry palate with a fresh, clean finish.
Completing the triumvirate is a superb Sancerre rouge, also made from 100% Pinot Noir but with much longer skin contact, it has a bright berry bouquet and juicy red fruit flavours offset by supple tannins. It is best served lightly-chilled with cold collations of charcuterie, goat's cheese and freshly-baked bread.