2011 Henri Bourgeois "Jadis" Sancerre
** Cellar Selection ** The wine abounds with intensity, richness and power as well as mouthwatering freshness. It is very ageworthy and certainly the most impressive wine from Henri Bourgeois, a tour de force of Sauvignon Blanc.
Wine & Spirits
There’s a smoky, carnal note to this wine, a portion of which ages in barrel where that meatiness likely developed. The balance ages in stainless steel, holding onto its tight citrus notes of orange and tangelo. Combined, the two parts form a silken textured wine, tender and refined, delicious with a pork terrine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From 50-year-old vines in an especially sweet spot low on the Monts Damnes (just west of the Comtesse), the Bourgeois 2011 Sancerre Jadis is raised half each in tank and second- or third-use barriques, and will as usual be bottled after one year and without fining or filtration. I tasted a close approximation to the eventual assemblage. Typically, notes Arnaud Bourgeois, (and in this instance) the Jadis gets picked a bit later than the rest of their Monts Damnes, but not always and not that much later. The effect of lees are again evident here, with a subtly silken texture, though there is not the brightness of citrus or the salinity that were found in the 2010 to assuage this wine's bitterness, which takes the form of citrus rind and herbal concentrates. Like its "regular" counterpart, I would want to taste this again before hazarding a guess about its age-worthiness.