Dry white wine, 75cl. Full bodied 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France. 12.5% ABV.
The nose is warm and expressive, with orange and pineapple notes. Intensely exotic on the palette, with sublime freshness and minerality coming from the flint.
Tasting notes from the judges of the Sommelier Wine Awards 2020
'Flinty, smoky, mineral notes, with a lemon-peel freshness and some notes of pith too, adding complexity.' Tom Forrest, team leader. 'This has a really pretty nose and good fruit intensity, with a lovely finish.' Salvatore Russo, The Hippodrome Casino. 'Wonderful minerality coming through, with a prominent salinity.' Olivier Marie, team leader.
Producer Profile Domaine Alain Gueneau
Alain Gueneau and his daughter, Elisa, work together on this family estate spread over 16 hectares of AOC Sancerre on sloping vineyards mainly situated in Sury-en-Vaux, Sancerre and Chavignol. Eighty percent of the vines are planted in the calcareous clay soils known locally as "terres blanches", which give the wine its body, richness and complexity. The remaining twenty percent are planted in "caillottes" also referred to as "griottes", stony soils that lend lovely fruity notes to the wine. White Sancerre represents 3/4 of their production. Alain and Elisa are dedicated to taking an environmentally sustainable approach to winemaking, to preserve their unique terroir, the irreplaceable source of their wines’ flavours.
Suggested food pairings Firm-textured saltwater fish with traditional French sauces, Coquilles Saint-Jacques, lightly seared foie gras, poultry or veal escalope in cream sauce.