Few wine regions in France can match the Loire for its combination of sheer natural beauty, fine châteaux and pristine wines of terroir. It is here that Sauvignon Blanc reaches its apogee in the appellations of Sancerre. Sancerre’s hilltop exposition lies on the famous Kimmeridgian limestone clay. Flinty, fresh and energetic, the Sauvignon Blanc from here remains a world benchmark which has a cult following in the face of the completely different style emanating from the same grape in NZ or Australia.
The StarDozen consists of the following:
3 bottles Dominique Roger Domaine du Carrou Sancerre 2020
3 bottles Christian Salmon Sancerre 2020
3 bottles Pascal Reverdy Sancerre Terre de Maimbray 2019
3 bottles La Clef du Recit Sancerre 2019
Dominique Roger Domaine du Carrou Sancerre 2020
Light, bright yellow colour. Lovely fresh aromatic sauvignon blanc aroma; clean and bright. Intense, lively palate, with jumpy acidity and some phenolic grip to dry the finish and add savouriness. Ripe fruit—there's nothing green about this. Very good. Date Tasted: Sept 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2027; Price: $55.00; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 93 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Christian Salmon Sancerre 2020
This is seriously good Sauvignon Blanc from France’s Loire Valley. Very different in style to the Australian and New Zealand savvy’s to which we’ve become accustomed, this quality white is built around a core of flinty, mineral aromas. As the wine opens up, delicate fruity pear nuances emerge. A wonderfully balanced wine, the style is fresh, rich and lively.
Pascal Reverdy Sancerre Terre de Maimbray 2019
100% Sauvignon blanc from 20+ year-old vines, hand-picked and sorted, very gentle pneumatic press and cool fermented in stainless steel. Matured in tank on fine lees for 6 months. Ripe and vibrant gooseberry fruit aromas without excess. Excellent depth of fruit on the palate with texture minerality and excellent depth and character. More refinement apparent each vintage.
La Clef du Recit Sancerre 2019
Attractive floral and citrus nose with leafy and herby notes. Nice freshness and vivaciousness on the palate, showing energy. Decanter; Fresh and tightly structured, this wine has intense, ripe fruitiness as well as more open white fruit flavors. Its tight texture and tangy crispness need a few months to soften. Wine Enthusiast
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