2009 Château de Sancerre

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Vintage: 2009
Producer: Château de Sancerre
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Designation: N/A
Region: France
Sub-region: Loire Valley, Sancerre
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $29 (BC LDB), $29 (EWine)

He says: A solid bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with more of a New World style – sure to be a crowd pleaser. Perhaps that’s the influence of being part of the Grand Marnier family and focusing on that “joie de vivre”. It was a joy to drink. On the bouquet, there’s a hint of stonefruit and  honey; on the palate, it steals from the Kiwis with grassy & asparagus notes. A balanced wine with a better than average finish.

She says: This was the most balanced of the three wines for me. Its fresh acidity was countered by an almost creamy mouth feel. It had a little more depth of flavour too with ripe lemon, grass and a touch of stone fruit. The price tag was not so balanced although not crazy for Sancerre.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, pale lemon to water white rim
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, developing, citrus, stonefruit, hint of honey
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acidity, med body, med+ intensity, citrus, grassy, asparagus, med alcohol, med+ finish
Summary: Good, Ready to drink but can keep

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★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

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