2010 Vincent Gaudry "L'Esprit de Rudolf" Sancerre

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Since 1993, Vincent Gaudry has been a pioneer and a trailblazer in Sancerre for pursuing his own unique brand of biodynamic viticulture and winemaking. His production reflects his deeply held feelings about the power of the earth and the expression of his terroir. A commitment to biodynamic viticulture in a region not generally know for being at the forefront of the organic, back to the terroir movement does not always endear Vincent Gaudry to his contemporaries, but travelling against the current doesn't much concern this independent minded winemaker. An homage to Rudolf Steiner, founder of modern day biodynamic viticulture, Vincent Gaudry's L'Esprit de Rudolf is issued from grapes grown on a single west-facing, hillside parcel of old vines planted in flint (silex) based soils over clay/limestone base. It is raised in Burgundy barrels of varying age and generally bottled in the summer after the vintage. While showing the classic aromatic profile of Sauvignon Blanc: grapefuit, citrus, white flowers, honeysuckle, and chalk, where this cuvée really distinguishes itself is in its density on the palate. Long and silky, it seems to rest on the tongue long after it is down the gullet. Persistance, length and volume are the qualities which the flint soils contribute and the weight of this wine seems to carry the delightful fruit in waves that saturate the palate to delightful effect.

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By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/19/2012  | Send Email
This wine is developing incredibly well. When we first tasted it, all I got was oak and sweet fruit. Today, we see a fabulous tableau of complex aromas. Quince, persimon, lemon sorbet, great texture and fabulous length. Not one of these completely austere Sancerre, but out classing the price point.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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France

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Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
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