Posted on Jul, 31. 2012 by Evan Williams
I’ll make this short, because I fully understand that we have inundated you with Sauvignon Blanc this spring. The Patianna, the Cottat, the Bourgeois, all great wines. This one’s a throwback, though…a wine that we have been superfans of since our inception, one that I cannot turn my back on. Doubly so after tasting a brand new bottle of the 2011 this afternoon, so refreshing in the unwelcome afternoon heat and humidity.
The 2011 Cherrier Sancerre. It needs little introduction. Some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc on the planet, and you Guilders have bought enough of it in the past to know that much…but, admittedly, no two vintages are the same. So: 2011. I’ve loved all my 2011 Sancerre, but this…this makes my toes curl, baby! It has less plushness than in previous vintages, and that has been replaced with a succinct, pure citrus component—lime, to be exact. The acid is just so pristine and in your face, much like fresh lime juice, but softened considerably by a touch of richness in the center. All of this wineplay leaves an air of excitement on your palate, and that’s what Sancerre should be about. And, as with our Apremont from a couple weeks ago, this wine is just magnificent when young! Okay, enough of this; here’s my original Cherrier notes from a few years back:
- The Cherriers have been making classic Sauvignon Blanc near Verdigny since 1927 (the brothers Francois and Jean-Marie are third-generation winegrowers here), and their wines have long been a no-brainer for me. I still have a bottle or two of the ’06 Blanc in my cellar, and it’s aging nicely…but the 2008 Blanc is something else entirely. Often, classically-styled Sancerres are offputting for a lot of people, because they don’t really have any ripeness up front, they lack a soft approachableness (yes, I just made up that word) when young, and they’re often built for food pairing. And while Cherrier does make classic, pure Sauv Blanc, it’s always had a more approachable face to it than many others at this age. The 2008 Blanc, though, has been consistently slaying me with its mix of classic Loire flint and new-world-ey plush attractiveness. It’s got bright, pleasant acid, but it’s never too much—always walking that knife’s edge between bracing and soft. But it’s still Cherrier—still pure
Sauv Blanc, with all of the haunting soul, the wet chalk and fresh air and lemons, without being haughty or unapproachable. It’s pristine and beautiful; the fact that Dionysos has it on (deep) discount is even more reason to love it. Sancerre this cheap is rare; great Sancerre at this price is but a myth. Here’s your Sasquatch.
If you haven’t saturated your wine racks with Sauvignon Blanc yet, now’s your chance to seal the deal!
2011 Francois et Jean-Marie Cherrier Sancerre Blanc “Les Chailloux” Cuvee Vielles Vignes
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