It can be easy to overlook the length of time that Jean-Max Roger has been making good red Sancerre. Long before Alphonse Mellot jnr joined Alphonse snr in 1993 and then proceeded to produce transform the Mellot reds, Jean-Max was producing fine, age-worthy reds. I remember with pleasure the 1989 and 1990 vintages. These have never been blockbusting Pinots. Instead medium weight with good concentration of ripe fruit and well balanced. The 2006 Vieliles Vignes is in this same line with an attractively bright colour, soft raspberry fruit but with enough structure to allow it to age well, although it is delicious and seductive now.
Jean-Max Roger, 11 Place de Carrou, 18300 Bué