Regis Minet, Vieilles Vignes, AOC Pouilly Fume, Loire, France, 2006
This wine: varietal sauvignon blanc, fermented and aged in stainless steel, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Gauntleys, £8 (bin end, was £14.57) (03/17)
Consumer tasting note: proof that some sauvignon blanc can age for a decade … a ripe yellow citrus nose, with touches of honey and fennel; medium bodied with fresh acidity and a mid-palate of ripe yellow citrus and warmer hints of stone fruit skin. A medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of warm lemon pith, edge of lemon zest, ripe grapefruit, hint of green herbs, spicy lemon sherbet, hints of thin honey and fennel, warmer riper hints of stone fruit skin.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a very low-key grip, with flavours of ripe lemon pith and juice, ripe grapefruit, stone fruit skin. A medium (+) length with a clean ripe yellow citrus flesh finish and a hint of almond oil (I think this is what some call minerality, but not me, I do not like the term, as it cannot be satisfactorily explained, though I do very occasionally use drying stones) on the end.
Quality: very good (just), fresh acidity a perfect match for the alcohol, all quite restrained and in tune with intensity, showing some complexity dominated by ripe yellow citrus with a hint of honeyed tertiary development courtesy of bottle age, moderate concentration following into a decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, a sound structure, I can see how this, whilst showing hints of honey, but not a truly ideal length, might still continue a little further tertiary development to include a nutty dimension, over say 1-2 years (I am holding an example back to see what happens, and will report).