Stone fruit – check! Mineral – check! Floral – check! This wine is definitely ticking off all the right boxes! The minerality of saline and limestone sit on the tip of the tongue and linger through the entire taste. Light bodied, dry, moderate acidity, and a slightly exaggerated finish noted with blanched almonds and lemon rind bring the sip to an end. Time for another!
An instant classic from a classic region! The Alain Gueneau Sancerre “La Guiberte” comes from a small family-owned estate at the Eastern end of France’s Loire valley. You’ll still find the grape’s signature citrus freshness and a slight grassiness, but examples from Sancerre lean more towards restraint, minerality, and elegance. The secret is not only in Northern France’s cooler climate, but also in the region’s soil — a swathe of ancient clay-calcareous deposits that stretches from England’s famous white cliffs of Dover across the channel and into Northern France. Alain and daughter Elisa are the 2nd and 3rd-generation of the Gueneau family to farm this land, three quarters of which is planted to Sauvignon Blanc vines with an average age of about 25 years.
Enjoy this delicious, refreshing bottle (well chilled, of course!) now or over the next 3 years.