Sauvignon Blanc is a serious grape. Trust me. It gets a bad rap from some wine writers, but it can achieve amazing results. Look at the fab Tscheppe butterfly wine that I recently reviewed, for example. Or the Sauvignons with a difference from New Zealand that were covered here. Now we’re travelling to the Loire, and a complex, beguiling Sauvignon, made with native yeasts, from Sancerre. This is serious wine. Don’t dismiss Sauvignon!
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Sauvage 2012 Loire, France
13% alcohol; unfiltered. From chalky soils in the village of Champtin, this is made from organically grown grapes with natural yeasts. A reductive matchstick nose shows lovely citrus fruits. The palate has a really nice mineral core with taut citrus and pear fruit, real complexity and nice texture. Very fine and expressive with keen acidity. Serious stuff. 94/100
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