Petit Le Mont 2013 Sauvignon (blanc)

made with organic grapes; bottled by Foucher Lebrun; 12.5% ABV
Val de Loire Indication Géographique Protégée, France
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 May

PetitLeMont_2013_SauvignonWe don’t often get Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire at the GO, so there’s already been a bit of excitement about this wine in comments.  However, this one didn’t really thrill me that much.

It’s clearly a substantial wine, with a fairly heavy body for a white.  I found flavors of tart lemon and less ripe green apple, a weighty minerality, and something that might be oxidation but I suspect really isn’t.  It could be wood.  I look forward to trying it the next day.

The next day, the rest of this wine was more fruit-forward and complex, less minerally, but there still didn’t seem to be all that much to it: less ripe fruit of lemon and gooseberries, and that flavor I still can’t pinpoint but is probably wood (although at one point, it reminded me of apple juice).  It strikes me as a very solidly made wine, but without enough complexity to stir my interest.  Weinish wrote that he liked this wine because, “I like my wines more restrained.”  However, I didn’t find much in this wine that required restraining.

DavidLikesWine wrote, “I found it well balanced between fruit and acidity with some interesting almost honeyed notes (but not in a bad way and not out of balance). For $5 this is an definite “buy” for me.”  DelMartian1 wrote, “I prefer my SB to be a bit dryer but the wife really liked this one. It had a slightly sweet finish reminiscent of a Rose D’anjou from the Loire.”  I thought this wine was totally dry, but maybe they are noting the same thing that struck me as “apple juice.”  K&L wines, which sold this for $12, wrote, “From such an inexpensive wine (organic to boot) this has fantastic fruit concentration on the palate and a clean zippy finish.  Floral and clean on the nose with hints of white stone fruits and soft minerals.”

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13 thoughts on “Petit Le Mont 2013 Sauvignon (blanc)

  1. DrJack

    We found this an easy drinker, with the citrus and acidity we like in NZ wines, but just a lot less aggressive. Kept half in bottle with vacuvin in refrigerator and the next day, it had become more subdued and rounder. Still easy and tasty. Certainly not a great wine, but good value.

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  2. seedboy

    Berkeley had a mess of this out on the floor yesterday. I seem to recall reading that only 200 cases of this were made, looks like the GO got a good share of this. Makes no sense to me.

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    1. Darrell

      I read somewhere that 250 cases were made which isn’t a big production and between what GO has and what K&L has sold, that might be the majority of the production. As far as the wine being at GO, I agree with the evaluation of BW’s of drinkable and for me that it makes sense that a good portion of the production ended up at GO.

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    1. philinoakland

      I had a bottle of this from the San Leandro store and quite enjoyed it, I think because of the “no discernible negatives” reason posted below. They had about 4 cases up by the checkout area. All sold out now, so someone else obviously liked it too,

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Weinish. On the first day, I had a couple glasses of this over an hour or two, which is usually enough time for a white to open up. About a glass’ worth sat in the bottle in the fridge for a day before I tried it again. How much air did you find it needed?

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      1. weinish

        I was just kidding around. My wife and I I think this wine goes down almost too easily. I think we like it because it has no discernible negatives, and because we find New Zealand versions to be 2 full and to grassy. pardon the typos. Using the voice option.

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            1. Darrell

              Likewise, but BW has to fully evaluate the wines for potential and think this is how he does it.

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