Chateau de Sancerre
In 1919, Louis-Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle - inventor of Grand Marnier® liqueur - purchased a 10th century chateau and its surrounding vineyards in Sancerre, the French town where he was born. He lovingly restored this architectural and historical treasure and transformed the former outbuildings into a winery where he began to produce Chateau de Sancerre wines – which are the only Sancerre wines permitted to bear the Château de Sancerre name. The principle varietals of Sancerre are Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Sauvignon Blanc is particularly well-suited to the region thanks to a temperate micro-climate and stony, warm and well-drained soil. Nowhere else does Sauvignon Blanc attain such vigor, verve, and finesse.