My antipathy towards Sauvignon Blanc is tempered by the more subtle French styles (see Doisy Daene review). This wine was no exception. This Sancerre from Les Monts Damnes by Francois Cotat – a good site and a good producer – was of the 2007 vintage. If it had originally shown any of that pronounced gooseberry nose then that had long gone and left a lovely melon-scented freshness which was very distinctive. The light green colours were clear, bright – suggesting youth; its viscosity heralded some weight in the mouth. The palate was long, dry and very fresh with lemony acidity. There was no edginess, it was a wine ‘happy in its skin’, settled and still remarkably attractive. The weight was certainly there but with not a hint of oak, yet it had been kept in very old oak barrels which would account for its richness (some critics picked up its creamy qualities) This was a quality wine from a recognised top producer – lovely to drink (13% ABV).
[Richard: bought from the WS in 2009 (£27), along with two other sancerres from Cotat. I’d tried one a while ago and thought it might be past it (2015 is the end of the WS drinking window). However the wax seal on the cork indicates, I assume, that the producer thinks it is one for the long term. Nothing like a NZ sauvignon – indeed hard to identify the grape at all – and all the better for it with lovely rich mouth feel and subtle flavours. Very enjoyable.]