Hippolyte Reverdy, Vignoble de la Perriere, Chaudoux-Verdigny, AOC Sancerre, Cher, France, 1987
On the off-chance that this bottle was sound, I thought it worthwhile to see how a 30-year old Sancerre had developed – and was pleasantly surprised.
This wine: varietal sauvignon blanc, natural cork (a little crumbly for a 2.5 mm under the capsule, but still sound), 12.5% abv, Vintage Wines, £5 bin end (07/17)
Consumer tasting note: a strong well-developed nose of dried stone fruit and dried apple, a touch smoky, with honey, waxy pineapple and hints of nuttiness; medium bodied with very fresh acidity, on a palate of dried and caramelised apple, pineapple skin, honey and hints of struck match – the honeyed note thickens over 30 minutes. Finishes medium-long. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of smoky waxy pineapple skin, dried apricot and peach, dried apple, touch of dried citrus – more lemon than anything else, very slightly confected, hint of thin honey, hint of anise, hint of nuttiness.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a noticeable grip, with flavours of smoke, very low-key struck match, pineapple skin, bees-wax, touch of honey, stewed slightly caramelised apple. A medium (+) length with a clean very fresh dried fruit finish, with a slight bitterness and a touch of broom on the end.
Quality: very good, with vibrant acidity harmonious with the alcohol, body and overall intensity; fully developed showing moderate complexity from time in completely integrated wood (witnessed by the grip), and in bottle, with waxy dried fruit notes; good intensity throughout, with a slightly lesser concentration, still, a respectable medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further aging, but will keep for a year or two – a sound structure, fully developed, with an interesting profile.