Sancerre, France; 12.5% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 6 Nov
This bottle had been $16 and was marked down to $5 a little before the sale, and was selling quickly at that price. I was lucky the Berkeley store wine manager discovered a few cases and put them out on the first morning of the sale. It was gone before I left the store.
When I opened this wine last night, I thought it was tasty enough but not all that fun to drink. It had typical Sauvignon Blanc flavors of lemon and yellow melon with a little green, but those flavors seemed to run pretty quickly into a solid mineral wall through which I could not taste much. Tonight, the rest of the bottle in the fridge opened up a little, showing more green melon, but it was not really much more accessible. I’m not very knowledgeable about Sancerre, but it strikes me that the main value in this wine at present is its aging ability. It would have been interesting to get a few to put in cool storage for several years, but for near-term drinking, I’m glad I have the Pouilly-Fumé instead.
This is one of the wines I tasted in the parking lot. At ambient Berkeley temperature, I did not detect the strong minerality. Instead, there I tasted quite subtle flowers, whiter pear and melon, with a little green. At the time, that taste made me think there wasn’t much to this wine, but I got one bottle to see what the fuss was about. If you tried it, or have experience with aged Sancerre (or other Sauvignon Blanc), what do you think?