I have to get my mind off things French! Not that I have any issue with France, just that ever since I did all those French wine tastings, I can't seem to "move the needle" (that's a pun from my blog post about Coravin). So once again I'm back to doing my "Wine of the Week" about another French wine.
It really came about quite by accident. I was planning a nice meal for myself consisting of salmon with Soba noodles and some broccoli. Nothing special really, I try and eat salmon once or twice a week for nutrition reasons and usually have a white wine to accompany the meal. So as I was looking through wines that might work, I happened upon a producer that I have always liked and whose main production centers around Sauvignon Blanc. Henri Bourgeois from the Loire Vally in France has been on my radar for many many years. That should be obvious with my affinity towards anything Sauvignon Blanc.
For 10 generations this winery has poured (some liberty was taken to make a joke) it's heart and soul into winemaking in the Loire Valley, predominately the Sancerre Region. Focusing on Sauvignon Blanc, but making a smaller line consisting of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc, I can tell you that the wines are "fantastique." Six more months and I'll be doing this blog in French the way this is going.
I can say that I've had the majority of the Sauvignon Blancs that are produced and available here in the U.S. Ranging from a nice affordable, what they call, Petite Sauvignon, up to their Jadis, a slightly oaked version that garners rave reviews. The one chosen for this particular meal is the
HENRI BOURGEOIS Sancerre La Côte des Monts Damnés 2015
Coming in at around $30 a bottle, it's not inexpensive, but when you're a fan of Sauvignon Blanc like me, it was worth every penny. Combine that with reviews from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate at 91 and 92 respectfully, and scores that I would totally agree with, and you've got a very special wine.
With tropical fruit aromas and flavor mixing all too well with crisp acidity and nice minerality, the wine flows over the palate with finesse and a long finish. This was one of those times I wished I had used my Coravin unit again. It would have slowed my drinking so I would have more to enjoy the second time around, although that was the next night. Click here for tech sheet.
While I was the proud owner of a bottle from the 2015 Vintage, that may no longer be available, never fear, 2016 was as good if not better. I plan on getting some to follow up on this favorite of mine. If you're a fan of Sauvignon Blancs, then try one of the wines from Henri Bourgeois, I know you won't be disappointed.