Posts Tagged ‘Domaine Fernand Girard Sancerre La Garenne 2008’

One of my white wine resolutions for 2010 was to drink more Muscadet in 2010. I have always been a fan, but for some reason I tend to only drink it with a select number of foods — so I usually have it when I go out to eat.  But the problem with Muscadet is that while it is widely available, a lot of it fails to excite me. I was in a wine shop the other day and they only had one muscadet, so I opted instead for a Sancerre from Domaine Fernand. Can you go wrong with a French white wine from the Loire imported by Louis/Dressner? Probably not…

The Domaine Girard is run by parents, Fernand and Monique, and son, Alain. They come from several generations of winemakers in the tiny village of Chaudoux, located a few miles northwest of the town of Sancerre and directly north of the famous town of Chavignol. They tend 12 hectares of vines in total, sell some cuvées to négociants and bottle only a portion of their production under their own name. Their La Garenne cuvée comes from a 2.5-hectare vineyard of that name, a plot on a steep east-facing slope with a very rocky limestone soil.

On the nose, citrus and pear with some briny notes. On the palate, grapefruit, lime, kiwi, cut grass, wet stones and herbs. Good acidity, though a bit more tropical than I would have expected. A very good bottle of wine, though given the choice, I would opt for the Pascal and Nicolas Reverdy Sancerre Cuvée Les Coûtes 2008.

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