Archive for ‘Sancerre’

August 17, 2016

Domaine du Bouchot, Pascale Kerbiquet Pouilly Fume 2014

Domaine du Bouchot, Pascale Kerbiquet Pouilly Fume 2014

Refined summer sipper, elegant dinner aperitif.  What did Hugh Johnson say about PF?  Something like “consistently disappointing.”  I guess, however, it depends on your view.  There is kumquat, orange rind, grapefruit pith, so the bouquet and finish combine from sour to stinging.  But the gobs of unctuous citris provide a long, round finish with a nutty, fresh cut grass flourish.  This certainly isn’t NZ Sauv Blanc.  No, it’s a gift from France.  Wrap it up and serve it with vichyssoise.

 

Price: $17 USD in Seattle.

 

Market Liquidity: It’s the proverbial smiley emoticon.  With a beret of course.

February 17, 2012

Domaine Fouassier les Chasseignes Sancerre, 2009

Blurb at the wine store said “90 points Wine Spectator: Ripe and focused, with good cut to the straw, gooseberry and flint notes, followed by a long, defined finish.  Very solid.”  I would add “a touch steely,” not just a few flint notes.  But not brash.  Oh, and impeccably wonderful.

 

This was a much needed break from (equally good but totally different) new world SB to that sweet, honey, floral typified by Sancerre—straddling both masculine and feminine sides, something a NZ SB would be hard pressed to do.

 

Metallic on first blush, resist a second sip.  There is a whole series of flavours that develop on the palate.  It has what I can only describe as an “Alsace finish” by which I mean like so many brilliant Alsace whites it has a finish which comes on slow and lingers, pear, apple, clover honey.  Words aren’t required.  Only one: Superb.

 

Price: Regularly $34.99 was on sale at Kitsilano Wine Cellar (the web site that never will be…) for $28.99

 

Market Liquidity: Even on sale it’s a fair bit of dough but, oh my, life is too short to save for retirement.