Sancerre Cuvee d’Antan, Henri Bourgeois
Domaine Henri Bourgeois is one of the top producers in Sancerre, whose wines exhibit the complexity of the terroir of Chavignol, being chalky with a touch of gunflint, initially steely, then ripening in the mouth with a broad array of flavours and wonderful length.
Cuvée d’Antan is made in “the old style” from 70 year old vines on south-facing slopes. Viticulture is biodynamic, grapes are harvested by hand and after pressing and maceration the wine is left in old wooden barrels for eighteen months batonnage. Racking is done after the full moon. The style is sui generis: the wine fills the mouth with layer after layer of creamy fruit, a touch of breadiness from the lees and the terroir notes of truffle and warm stone.
An incredible wine with complexity that is rare in Sauvignon Blanc, this is a wine for the finest meals, think lobster with garlic butter or Dover sole with a brown butter sauce. Very special.
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