Monday, January 20, 2014

2010 Paul Thomas Sancerre Chavignol Grande Reserve de Notre Vignoble Les Comtesses

SancerreThis bottle of 2010 Paul Thomas Sancerre was a surprise for my wife, the Green Dragon. She is a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc and the other night asked if we had any. I replied “yes” and told her to check the downstairs cooler.

Green Dragon came back upstairs with a disappointed look on her face. “This isn’t Sauvignon Blanc,” she said. I was able to respond that indeed it was – French Sauvignon Blanc from the wonderful region of Sancerre.

This white wine hails from the Chavignol village in the Sancerre region of France. In the glass it is a pale yellow. On the nose this has a wonderful citrus aroma.

The body is light. On the palate this is a full-on Sauvignon Blanc with lemon flavor notes, vibrant acidity and a lovely minerality.

Green Dragon prefers Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It is her “go to” wine and she loves the strong, zesty flavor. The Sancerre delivers boldness, but without being brash. There is the herbaceous “mown grass” flavor (it’s good, trust me!) – but the acidity isn’t as intense as NZ.

This wine is grand reserve from the “vineyard of the countesses” and it indeed is a solid wine. It trumps most California Sauvignon Blancs because of the minerality. This is an enjoyable glass, especially for a summer’s day, but falls short of being exceptional. I paid $26 and it is on par with what you would expect for that price – however, if you prefer the “racy” style of Sauvignon Blanc, you can get a nice bottle of Marlborough for a few bucks less.

Rating: 2.5 of 5  Value: 2 of 5

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