Regis Minet, Vieilles Vignes, AOC Pouilly Fume, Loire, France, 2006
This wine: lot no. L0207, varietal sauvignon blanc, fermented and aged in stainless steel, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Gauntleys, £8 (bin end, was £14.57) (03/17)
Last tasted 04/04/17.
Consumer tasting note: here is proof that some sauvignon blanc can age for a decade or more, with up to 30 years in at least one other case; medium golden hued with aromas of dried lemon, honey, dried herbs, dried stone fruit, fennel and a whiff of mushroom; medium-full bodied, with a velvety texture and flavours of white peach tinted with yellow peach, pineapple skin, almond oil and grapefruit flesh. A medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears [a sound cork with tartrate deposits on the underside].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of dried lemon peel, a whiff of confectionery, honey, beeswax, hint of mushroom, fennel (very clearly), dried herbs, hints of richer dried stone fruit and fresh pineapple skin.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a low-key grip with a velvety texture, with flavours of white peach, a hint of pineapple skin, hints of yellow peach, grapefruit flesh, almond oil. A medium (+) length with a clean fresh finish of white peach laced with low-key almond oil, and lightly honeyed grapefruit flesh on the end.
Quality: very good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol, a sound intensity throughout, with slightly less concentration; showing a pretty much fully developed profile, with a moderate-high level of complexity, supported by a strong tertiary dimension of mushroom, dried herbs, beeswax and honey; finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – fully developed with a sound structure, with nowhere to go.