Pierre Morin 'Chene Marchand', Sancerre, France 2020
From the village of Bué, in the region of Sancerre, Loire Valley, this aromatic and elegant bottle gives notes of citrus and gooseberry, with a mineral finish. The extended lees aging adds texture and richness, making it a good companion to a meal but also great on its own. The Chêne Marchand is from the eponymous lieu-dit in Bué and opens with a deep bouquet of citrus fruit, elderflower, jasmine, and a hint of black currant. Full-bodied, very mineral, and complex on the palate, this is a pure and lovely, yet densely woven and concentrated Sancerre; it has nutty flavors, a lot of salt and crushed (lime-) stones, as well as a very tight and persistent, refreshing finish.
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Soil: Chalky limestone (Caillots, Terres Blanche)