May 21, 2008

Sancerre 2006

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As with the previous posting, I tried this wine during a private dinner at Easter Elchies House on The Macallan Estate near Aberlour, Scotland. It is a good example of one of the better Loire Valley whites, although the Sancerre region of France also produces respectable reds and rosés that are eminently drinkable.

Sancerre 2006

This white Sancerre comes from the sauvignon blanc grape (the reds and rosés are made from pinot noir). It's semi-dry and slightly astringent, a fresh, fruity white with vegetal notes that went well with our consomme and smoked salmon starters.

I found it a well rounded wine, with notes of citrus, melon and pistachio and a pleasantly long finish. It's at its peak right now, since such wines shouldn't be cellared more than a few years.

Retails from about $22.

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