Sancerre land of the white wines!

I have heard of this town for a long time while living in France. Finally several years back when living in Versailles took a tour with a group of co-workers to the Maison de Sancerre the wine showcase of Sancerre , and it was nice. As places have it, took again off for other venues in  my belle France. Finally, in this days of looking to go out again, decided on a last minute rush to visit Sancerre. We were glad we did! Here is the introduction to the town by yours truly!

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The town of Sancerre is located in the Cher department 18 in the Centre-Val de Loire region. In 2021, this town was elected Favorite village of the French in the program presented by Stéphane Bern on France 3 TV. Yes we saw it !!

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Sancerre borders the Nièvre department and the Bourgogne-Franche Comté region from which it is separated by the Loire river. The lateral canal to the Loire crosses the town. It is 43 km from Bourges (see posts); the prefecture of Cher dept 18.

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The village of Chavignol is amalgamated with the town of Sancerre between 1790 and 1794 .Established in a basin in the middle of the vines, the village of Chavignol stretches out along the road which goes up to the church. The Crottin de Chavignol, goat’s cheese made from whole and raw milk, has also made the reputation of the village and has benefited from a controlled designation of origin (AOC) since 1976. The shape of the cheese, due to that of its molding, which recalls that of the old terracotta oil lamps (the crot), explains its surprising name. The Sancerre winegrowers produce a dry white wine made from Sauvignon Blanc as well as a red and a rosé made from Pinot Noir. The white, red and rosé wines made from these grape varieties obtained the controlled designation of origin in 1936 and 1959 respectively. The wines of Sancerre are today known throughout the world, especially the whites.

A bit of history I like

From 1152 to 1789, the county of Sancerre belonged to large families of the kingdom of France, successively the house of Sancerre (1152-1419), the house of Auvergne (1419-1436), the Bueil family (1451-1628) , the house of Condé (1628-1777), the house of Espagnac (1777-1786) and King Louis XVI (1786-1791).

The Château de Sancerre, whose date of foundation is unknown, was built from the 12C  by Étienne Ier de Sancerre, son of Thibaut IV de Blois dit Le Grand, on an easily defensible hill, and near the village formed around the abbey of Saint-Satur. A new village was formed around the castle, which eventually became more important than the original village.  The inhabitants of the county town embraced the Protestant reform in the 1550s. Sancerre was at the time a strong position and became a Calvinist place of war. The peace of Saint-Germain in 1570 leaves it theoretically to the king of France Charles IX, but it is acquired to the Protestants.

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In 1795, the town of Sancerre rose up with Antoine Le Picard de Phélippeaux at its head. He was a friend of Bonaparte at the Military School in Paris. In April of this year, Sancerre was the object of occupation by the forces of the republican revolutionary army. Phélippeaux is taken prisoner but manages to escape to England. He finally died in 1799 against his former companion Bonaparte while defending the city of Saint-Jean-d’Acre, in Palestine.

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Some historical culture associated with Sancerre. The Marquis de Sade titled one of his stories La Comtesse de Sancerre in The Crimes of Love. In the 19C, François-René de Chateaubriand stayed at the Château de l’Estang, Stendhal at the Château de Tracy during a brief stay in 1830. The action of La Muse in the department of Honoré de Balzac was located in Sancerre. Sancerre is also the homeland of two of the main characters of La Comédie Humaine, the doctor Horace Bianchon and the journalist Étienne Lousteau.

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The things to see here are the Notre-Dame Church (see post) , 17-19C. The Saint-Pierre Church . The Hôtel de la Thaumassière dates from the 17C; its roof is decorated with beautiful stone carvings.. The Tower of the Fiefs (see post): from the top of its 195 steps and a height of 40 meters, this last vestige of the old feudal castle offers a beautiful panoramic view of Sancerre and its region; the back is adorned with a magnificent wisteria planted in 1903. Place du Beffroi and the belfry of Sancerre, also known as the “Saint-Jean tower”, which was deprived of its clock and its bell after the siege of 1573. One chapel is on the ground floor. And the wine showcase Maison de Sancerre with a nice explanation of the wines and terroirs.

The city of Sancerre on its historyhttps://ville-sancerre.com/culture/#histoire

The Sancerre tourist officehttps://www.tourisme-sancerre.com/la-destination/le-grand-sancerrois/le-sancerrois/

The local Berry province tourist office on Sancerrehttps://www.berryprovince.com/ma-destination-le-berry/les-destinations-en-berry/sancerre-et-la-loire/#

The Central Loire tourist office on Sancerre wineshttps://www.vins-centre-loire.com/en/1/62/APPELLATION-SANCERRE.html?accept=1

And there you go folks, another destination with my boys, Dad and Rex our dog!!! Wonderful family trip to raise the hopes of life! La vie est belle mais courte! profiter-bien. Life is beautiful but short, enjoy it well. Hope you enjoy the visit to Sancerre, and there is more posts to come , stay tune!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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