Vincent Gaudry Sancerre "Le Tournebride" 2008 - 23,70€; 13% abv
I am usually indifferent to Sauvignon Blanc: it is a boring grape and even the best wines very rarely transcend its inherent limitations. Yet I have had a handful of examples that made me sniff the glass again and again. This is one of the few.
It has all those typical, pleasantly greenish aromas mixed with citrus and mineral that are expected; but there is a depth to it that I have rarely seen in this grape. It is complex - and this is a word I have hardly ever used with this grape. But the marvel of this wine isn't its unusually complex nose, but the palate. It starts out rich - more so than I expected from this year - but an almost tannic sensation ensues that really perks up the mid-palate. After this initial richness, the end becomes more and more elegant and mineral and citric. But its wrong to call it the end or finish, because it doesn't.