By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2009 | Send Email
In true Platonian fashion, all Sauvignon Blanc is only a shadow of the one, ideal Sauvignon Blanc – Sancerre. The 2007 vintage of Gerard Boulay’s Sancerre is Sauvignon Blanc in its purest form - mouthwatering acidity complemented by tart grapefruit, stony, almost earthy minerality, and a distinct herbaceousness that is uniquely Sauvignon Blanc. In today’s wine lexicon the terms “herbal” or “vegetal” are often perceived as undesirable, but they are an essential part of the character of the varietal. The flavor comes from an organic chemical found chiefly in the skins as they ripen – technically 2-methoxy-3-isobutylpyrazine. But that’s just what the scientists call it. When it shines through in the complex jumble of aromas and flavors that is Sancerre it is nirvana, the Holy Grail, the philosopher’s stone, the Face of God. It is Sauvignon Blanc at its most basic, the truest expression of the varietal. It is “sauvage” - that wild, green note that calls to the wildness in each of us, something closer to Nature, something primal, something Dionysian. To drink it – to experience it - is to partake of something profound, something inimitable, something elemental. We are all humbled in its presence.