2017 AOC Sancerre 'Saulétas' (Magnum)
Sauvignon Blanc from a 1ha parcel in Verdigny. Average age of vines is 50 years, and the soils are kimmeridgian limestone. 50% botrytis. Direct press, then fermented and aged for two years in tank, then one year in old barrels. Zero SO2.
Lightly amber in colour. Always the most delicate and restrained of the bunch. Apricot, cumquat, blood orange, ginger – but light. Ginger bread, curry leaf, and brine. It’s all very subtle rather than in your face. To taste it is super fresh and salty. So many layers that just keep washing over your tongue. Nice minerality and salt, and then that very fine tension on the finish - that's the imprint from the limestone, and it's wonderful to see how different it is to the other wines. I would say this is more taught and fine that 15 and 16. More ginger on the nose now, so cool. Cumquat, sea spray, gingerbread, mandarin. Such a cool wine, probably the lightest and most elegant of them all. True finesse.