Hubert Brochard, AOC Sancerre, Cher, France, 2015
This wine: varietal sauvignon blanc, nomacorc closure, 13% abv, widely available, £18 (12/16)
Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of ripe citrus, white stone fruit and dessert apple edged with ripe green pepper; medium bodied with fresh acidity on a palate of citrus, stone fruit and stewed green pepper. A medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of a whiff of sulphur (others might call this minerality or gun flint), lemon zest, ripe grapefruit edged with ripe green pepper, a little spicy – like lemon sherbet, white peach, beeswax, dessert apple, warm conference pear skin.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, a very low-key grip from skin maceration, a smooth texture – from a little time on the lees, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of grapefruit edged with white stone fruit, lemon pith, stewed green pepper, touch of broom. A medium (+) length with a clean citrus fruit edged with stewed green pepper finish, with a very low-key grip.
Quality: very good, a good balance of fresh acidity with alcohol, suiting the decent flavour concentration; unoaked, showing some complexity from time in bottle with waxy and stewed notes, following into a medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – a sound structure but just decent concentration and length, will keep for a year or two.