Jean-Marie Berthier, Domaine des Clairneaux, AOC/AOP Sancerre, Cher, 2013
An 8.5ha domaine at Sainte-Gemme-en-Sancerrois, about 7km north of Sancerre, on a limestone-flint soil.
This wine: Varietal sauvignon blanc, fermented at low temperature in stainless steel, then aged on fine lees in tank; natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, 375ml, Ann et Vin, bin end £5 (2016), I bought all that she had …
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of lychee, a spicy edge, ripe pear, white peach, warm hay, a touch of honey and anise.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium (+) intensity, smooth texture with a slight grip, with flavours of apricot, pear, gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), melon, ripe grapefruit, stewed apple, gooseberry and pineapple skin. A medium (+) length, with a fresh mouth-watering ripe apple and citrus finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with a sound acid structure harmonious with the flavour intensity; showing some complexity and a little tertiary hay and honey from bottle age; decent flavour concentration panning out to the decent length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: drink now, not suitable for further ageing – the balance is there, but neither intensity, concentration nor indicative length.