Wednesday 21st December 2011
Writing in the Sunday Times, Bob Tyrer describes how unpredictable and interesting Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire can be. He observes that the slopes around Sancerre, the hilltop town synonymous with the grape, are producing Sauvignon Blanc of profound quality with a "grassy-gooseberry character as a backdrop to smoke, plums, pears and pine forest".
His musings on the character of Sancerre were prompted by a meeting with the Vacheron cousins Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique, who sell a range of "ethereally nuanced cuvées". He recommends trying Sancerre Vacheron 2010, with its aromas and flavours of "angelica, apricots and marbles," with lighter food "instead of big reds and a groaning stomach at Christmas". He thinks we will feel better for it.
We'll drink to that!