Henri Bourgeois, Les Bonnes Bouches, AOC/AOP Sancerre, Chavignol, Cher, 2013
Chavignol is 3kms west of Sancerre, on argilo-calcaire (clay-limestone) soils, in the ratio 65:35 in this vineyard. Fermented and aged on fine lees for 5 months in temperature controlled stainless steel. Varietal sauvignon blanc, natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, about £12
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of over-ripe dessert apple, then warm cut grass, ripe warm grapefruit flesh, and honeyed yet unripe stone fruit.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, a moderate gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium body, with a smooth texture, a medium intensity, with flavours of over-ripe grapefruit, a richer edge of unripe apricot and unripe nectarine, and a warm grassy-herbaceous undertone. A medium (+) length with a fresh mouth-watering ripe citrus finish.
Quality: a good quality youthful wine, with fresh acidity giving structure, and harmony with the flavour intensity and alcohol level; of modest complexity with more on the nose, and a good length with an exceptionally clean finish. This wine is ready now, will keep for 2-3 years, and not improve.