Wine Tasting Video: Sancerre & Pouilly-Fumé 2008 & 2009

Will be posting another couple of videos featuring the 2010 vintage soon, but in the meantime, here are some slightly older wines…

Domaine Masson-Blondelet Pouilly-Fumé 2009 (£14.99 Waitrose)
Has lost a little freshness, but still has some tangy taut lemon, lemongrass and herb flavour, a touch of flint and a rounded sappy finish. B(+)

Tesco Finest Pouilly-Fumé (Fournier) 2008 (£12.79 Tesco)
Has a quite pungent flavour of tinned asparagus and lychees (complete with fruit cocktail syrup), a bit of spice, and an almost plummy, honeyed finish. Ageing not too disgracefully, although it would have been better a year or two earlier. B(-)

Tesco Finest Sancerre (Fournier) 2009 (£12.79 Tesco)
Has that sulphury/flinty note of two rocks being banged together, plus crisp lemon, grass and nettle flavours. Maybe a touch simple but tasty. B+

Pierre Cherrier et fils Sancerre 2009 (£12.75 Stone Vine & Sun)
This is more taut & steely, with green apple and citrus flavours livened up by touches of herb and river pebble. Has softened a little with bottle age, but still precise and poised. S(-)

Lucien Crochet Sancerre 2009 (£13.17 Justerini & Brooks)
Still a pup, young and grippy, with sleek citrus fruit set against taut mineral and herb characters. Opens up with time in the glass, but always remains chiselled and refined. S

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