Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2009

You can get this for 18$ or 19$ at Costco right now, which is a few dollars less than I've ever seen it previously. I love Sancerre, so that's why I picked it up. Initially, I thought this wine was leaning in a fairly modern direction--and then I got walloped by a long, stony finish. So maybe this wine is leaning a little more modern, but at its' core, you can still tell that it's Sancerre--just not quite as austere. Notes of pears, apple, some citrus, and a little bit of jalapeno. Lots of acidity; quite rich in texture. My only real complaint with this wine is that it does come off as a little bit disjointed for me in terms of balance. Overall though, pretty solid. Worth a look if you like Sancerre. Imported by Frederick Wildman and Sons, who are always fairly reliable. (Well, they aren't Kermit Lynch...) B/B+

3 comments:

Joshiemac said...

I need to start drinking more Sancerre. Every spring/early summer with the warmer weather I go nuts on domestic and NZ SB and by August I can barely stand the smell of the stuff. Just a hint of that cat piss, grass, tropical fruit and grapefruit makes me want to gag--kind of like what the smell of Southern Comfort does to me based on bad high school experiences.

Maybe SB just isn't my thing. Maybe I need to try more Sancerre. I've heard good things about SBs from Friuli as well.

Jeff said...

Sancerre is a little more than your typical NZ SB, but it's probably my favorite white wine. Highly recommended. What I really like about them is that their hallmark is lots of stony notes. Although they can stray into the cat-piss territory, it's a lot less pronounced than the Kiwi version. This particular wine is a little different from your typical Sancerre because there is a small amount of residual sugar left in it apparently. Funny, because that probably explains why I thought that it was a little bit flabby. My favorite that I have had recently was the Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy from Kermit Lynch.

Obviously, you know about K&L, but I would also check out Paul Marcus in Rockridge too if you're ever in the neighborhood...they have a lot of Euro-phile wines too...

Joshiemac said...

Thanks for the Paul Marcus recommendation--I'll check it out.

Arlequin is another good shop. If you ever find yourself in SF looking for a bottle give them a shot. I bet you would like their selection.