From 13 hectares of vines in Bué - one of the most revered villages in Sancerre - Thierry of Domaine Merlin-Cherrier produces beautifully classic white wines of which the region is famed.
When we arrived at the Domaine we looked down the street to see a gentleman in stubbies running from his tractor to a steep hill with possibly one of the biggest grins we had ever seen. Out of breath and without a word of English, his enthusiasm could only be rivaled by Manuel of Fawlty Towers!
A sign of a great producer is pride of their work in the vineyard. Thierry grabbed the keys to his ex US Military Jeep and we began a tour of his beautiful vineyards. It became evident quickly that this was a first class producer with fantastic attention to detail and passion.