2011 Jean Max Roger "Cuveé C.M." Sancerre

SKU #1153033

This cuvee comes from selected parcels planted in two soil types: Caillottes and Kimmeridgian Marl. Up front the wine has pretty white fruit and floral aromatics which provide lift and freshness. Then, the richly textured minerality takes over and you begin to see the quiet power and structure which carries through to the fine and lengthy finish. A couple of hours after being opened the complexity and character really begin to open up and develop. If drinking in the near term, decant for 1+ hours or, cellar for 3-6 years. (Eric Story, Loire Buyer)

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By: Eric Story |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/29/2014  | Send Email
While the Jean-Max Roger wines are just gaining notoriety here in the U.S., over in France they have somewhat more of a cult following. The Roger family comes from a long lineage of winemakers dating back into the early 17th century. The estate is now run by Jean-Max and two of his three sons. The wines they craft are all together different and very much the same as the big names you may be familiar with. They have all of the wonderful expressions of terroir and verve that you would expect but, without being flashy, in your face or, over the top. I love the fact that these wines are chalk full of complexity and drive all the while being understated and classy.

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of 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.