Sancerre Everywhere

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the importer.

A few weeks ago, the folks at Pasternak Imports sent me a box of Sancerre to try for the summer months. Since the summer keeps going and going and going in DC, we’ve been enjoying them and will continue to do so in the next month or two. (Any bets on when summer in DC is going to bow out? I’m ready for fall!) The other evening we pulled out the 2008 Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre.  It clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure, and retails for around $23.

Both Matt and I were delighted with this wine. A beautiful nose and a lovely palate with great acidity made this wine the perfect accompaniment to the hot summer evening. On the nose I got lemon, pink grapefruit, a sweeter smelling citrus, pineapple, tropical notes, and melon. In the mouth I found some more of the sweet citrus that I couldn’t quite put a finger on, pink grapefruit, sweet lime, white peach, tropical notes, and a finish of grapefruit and saline notes. Excellent.

Getting French on You

I think this may have been my first Sancerre. At least, I can’t remember having one prior to this.

The wine was a 2006 Henri Bourgeois Les Bonnes Bouches Sancerre. My dad picked this up at MV Wine and Spirits in Madison, CT when he went to get his own champagne for New Year’s Eve. I asked him to grab me a Sauvignon Blanc and this is what he returned with. I gather from a quick search that you can find this bottle from between $19-$22. It had a real cork closure and clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume.

And there it was on the nose: cat pee! Now, although this might sound like a retched thing to find in a wine to those of you who have cats or have smelled actual cat pee, I promise, it is not a bad thing. Also on the nose, citrus, lemon, and flowers. The nose was crisp and smelled light. In the mouth, lemon, pineapple, and some tropical fruit on the back of the palate.

I jotted down that the wine was crisp, lively, light, with good acidity, a sprightly wine! (Yes, I have no idea why sprightly came to mind, but that is what my notes say!) Overall, I would say that this was a textbook example, and a very good value.

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