GIFT ~ Vincent Gaudry ~ Sancerre AC 'Cigale' 2013

GIFT ~ Vincent Gaudry ~ Sancerre AC 'Cigale' 2013
£28.90 / bottleincl. postage & packaging

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Country: France
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Loire Valley
Style: Crisp Light Whites
Wine Types: White Wines
Wine Types: Wine Gifts / 1 bottle wine packs
Drink: Now to 2020
Unoaked
Cork
ABV: 12.5%
Organic

Tasting Notes

Please note this 2013 is only available now as a one-bottle gift pack (price includes postage & packaging).
We stock the 2014 vintage to purchase as part of a six- or 12-bottle cases.

The story

I am usually ultra conservative when it comes to choosing wines for the Wines With Attitude portfolio, researching and tasting wines several times before deciding if they meet the high standards required for all our wines.  However I knew as soon as I took my first sniff and slurp of this beautiful Sancerre, that it was worthy - it is top quality, classic  Sancerre - and as yet not widely available in the UK.  After placing my order for the wine I discovered that it is the talk of the town amongst Parisian sommeliers so we are in good company.

On the label you will see a picture of a cicada ("Cigale"); I am told that the cicada was commonly found in the vineyards in the winemaker's grandfather’s time but more recently had disappeared as a result of increasing industrialisation on farms, the heavy use of agro-chemicals and intensive mono-culture.  Now the cicada is apparently making a tentative return as more farmers consider the sustainability of their methods.

Vincent Gaudry is a pioneer in this respect having followed bio-dynamic principles on his relatively small 9 hectare holding since 1993 and acquired bio-dynamic certification in 2004. His desire to make wines that express the "terroir" have apparently put him at odds with other producers from time to time.  I do like non-conformists willing to go out on a limb and challenge the norm.  Though sometimes his methods are considered unusual, no-one can deny the excellent quality of this wine.

The wine

Light golden in colour, this wine initially gives off some light Sauvignon Blanc grassy aromas but these quickly fall away to be replaced by more subtle gooseberry and lemon notes with a hint of honey and flinty minerality.  When you taste this wine, what hits you first is the texture; it is silky smooth and leaves the mouth coated with a long flavoursome finish.  Classic gooseberry and citrus flavours combine with peach and lychees from a slightly richer, more modern style.  It is just sharp enough in terms of acidity and the alcohol level is relatively low at 12.5%.  This wine has some volume with its medium to full body yet is beautifully crisp and light; it transported me to a table laden with a seafood platter and fish dishes in a French harbour-side restaurant on a warm, sunny  summer's evening.



Food Pairing

Recommended as an aperitif or for drinking with a range of foods including  goat's cheese (the classic match for Sancerre is Crottin de Chavignol), oysters, other shellfish and fish generally, smoked salmon, foie gras, dried ham, chicken, asparagus, tomato consommé and gazpacho, light omelettes and Japanese dishes such as sushi and sashimi.

Producer's Notes

"This wine has an intense and expressive nose of white flowers with notes of citrus and a smoky tang. It has a fleshy and balanced palate with citrus to the fore supported by a beautiful minerality."

This is a wine of contrasts - relatively full-bodied yet crisp and light, subtle yet full of flavours. Produced bio-dynamically to express the unique terroirs of the region, it is a very classy Sancerre.  Let it transport you to a table laden with a seafood platter and fish dishes in a French harbour-side restaurant on a warm, sunny summer's evening!

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