2014 Berry Bros. & Rudd Sancerre by Domaine David Sautereau

2014 Berry Bros. & Rudd Sancerre by Domaine David Sautereau

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2014 Berry Bros. & Rudd Sancerre by Domaine David Sautereau

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Sancerre benefitted from the Indian summer in 2014 to give wines of great character. David Sautereau blended Sauvignon Blanc from the parcels of cailllottes (limestony soil) in Bué (40%), giving tension and refinement; from the calcareous clay soils (terres blanches) of Crézancy (45%), providing bright fruity minerality; and finally a (15%) dash of fruit from the heavier clay (marnes) close to Sancerre itself, imparting richnes. Squeezed lemon colour, a salty nose with a pearl of lemon pith intensity, of fumé, along with echoes of New Zealand's Wairau Valley (due to the Sept. heat).

So refined, graceful and pure, with stony white fruit, a note of topicality, its sunny-cum-salty disposition reminds me of Etna Bianco. Lots of white currant fruit, quasi Riesling in its purity and lemon/lime zip. Delicious but with the structure to evolve in bottle should you wish.
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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

An important white grape in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley that has now found fame in New Zealand and now Chile. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux and is blended with Sémillon to produce fresh, dry, crisp  Bordeaux Blancs, as well as more prestigious Cru Classé White Graves.

It is also blended with Sémillon, though in lower proportions, to produce the great sweet wines of Sauternes. It performs well in the Loire Valley and particularly on the well-drained chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where it produces bone dry, highly aromatic, racy wines, with grassy and sometimes smoky, gunflint-like nuances.

In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today many producers are rivalling Cloudy Bay in terms of quality and Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand`s trademark grape.

It is now grown very successfully in Chile producing wines that are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character. After several false starts, many South African producers are now producing very good quality, rounded fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs.

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