Francois Millet, AOC Sancerre, Bué, Yonne, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France, 2014
This wine: lot No. L15168 (impressed on back label), varietal sauvignon blanc, fermented in stainless steel, 4-6 months lees ageing, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Gauntleys £17.10 (01/20)
Consumer tasting note: a Sancerre vibrant with brisk acidity and a nose to match, dominated by green pepper, calmed by touches of white peach and grapefruit, and whiffs of anise; medium bodied, with a palate of slightly confected green pepper, unripe stone fruit, citrus, and a hint of cut grass. Finishes medium.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 2-3 years – Wait. No need to decant, but allow to develop in the glass over 20 minutes or so.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of a hint of white peach, warm grapefruit, green pepper, hint of anise, hint of gorse flower (delicate coconut with just a touch of herbaceous), a hint of fresh meat fat, a faint hint of smoke, a hint of cut cooking apple.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, pronounced intensity, a low-moderate grip with a smooth almost velvety texture, with flavours of green pepper with just a shade of confection, hint of cut grass, unripe stone fruit, grapefruit-lemon. A medium length, with a clean finish of green pepper-herbaceous, and something a little sweeter/richer on the end.
Quality: good, perfectly balanced high acidity with alcohol, harmonious altogether, and eminently suiting the significant green character; plenty of intensity and concentration, though a disappointing medium length; showing moderate complexity, with added texture from ageing on the lees.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, but will hold for 2-3 years – a sound acid structure, lots of intensity and concentration, though a middling length, created for early rather than later consumption.