2017 AOC Sancerre 'Auksinis' (Magnum)
Sauvignon Blanc from a 1ha parcel in Verdigny, grown on clay and limestone (caillottes), with vines averaging 50 years. 50% botrytis. Direct press, then fermented and aged for two years in tank, then one year in old barrels. Zero SO2.
Also lighter in colour. This is more tropical fruit without being ripe. For example, mango and papaya, plus some fresh and dried apricot. Feels more fruity and aromatic than mineral and spicy. Perhaps more approachable for people new to the range. There is still some salinity mixed with blood orange, but it sits in the back. Not as much ginger here either. Feels more like an orange wine to smell, but it still has restraint rather than being an aromatic bomb. To taste it is fresh and fleshy, but not viscous, and has great length. Bright layers of fruit, and a little limestone tension finish. No real spice to speak of. Maybe a hint of white pepper on the finish, but only just. The nose when opened is more fruity - later it is candied blood orange. Very clean to smell, with that sea breeze factor. They’re all very clear and clean this year, no reduction. Juicy, tangy, mildly salty, and brilliant acidity. It’s medium plus, but travels on and on. More salty mango and apricot flavours later on, with some cumquat spray and slight rind bitterness. Love it.