2009 Gitton Père & Fils "Galinot" Sancerre

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Gitton was established in 1945 with an eye toward producing traditional, single-vineyard Sancerre and has never wavered in its commitment to excellent wines. From one acre at their founding, they've grown to nearly 60 of the best in the region. All of their wines are estate grown and vinified with native yeasts. The Galinot is hand harvested from nearly 60-year-old vines in Sparnacian flint soil. There is something of virtue-in-necessity to the vineyard’s story. Planted in 1959, this hillside site is less than a hectare of flinty, silex soil, which makes this plot far more difficult to work than the softer, chalky limestone soil downslope. It was, however, all that was affordable when Pascal Gitton’s father, Marcel, was initially looking to expand the domaine’s holdings. The extra trouble paid a handsome dividend: the wines from Galinot were the best in the cellar! This is a wine made to develop with bottle age.

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2017 | Send Email
Sancerre has more than one side. Most of what we sell is the fresh, bright, and green version that gets drunk up more or less immediately. The region does, however, have a more serious side, and the 2009 Galinots shows that brilliantly. Despite its bottle age, this wines best years are ahead of it. It is a white wine of noble stature, intensity, and nuance. It buries the region’s minerality underneath layers of extract, has nothing herbaceous about it, and doesn’t traffic in new oak accents, either. What’s on display here is very much what the site and its old vines bring to the table. The conundrum with wines like these is between wanting to declare your love for their beauties, and wanting to keep quiet and enjoy them for a pittance, relative to their quality, thanks to their obscurity. And so, guardedly, cautiously, then I let it slip—if you are into Grand Cru Chablis, say, you ought to know this, too. It’s that good.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2017 | Send Email
These days, it's a rarity to find back vintage Sancerre. We are used to drinking Sancerre that is meant to drink with immediacy. But aged Sancerre is so remarkable and such a different experience to young Sancerre. Nearing a decade of age, the 'Galinots' from Gitton is epic. Once of the great, classic producers of Sancerre, proving that back-vintage Sancerre is incredible. You'll find notes of apples, white flowers and honey, with this beautiful waxy texture, surrounded by flavors of almonds and dried herbs. This is drinking beautifully now, and has the structure to last many more years to come.

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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.


- 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.


- 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.