This striking Sancerre is the color of pale green-gold in the glass, with flashes of platinum towards the edge. Aromas of green apples and pears, fresh flowers, and white grapefruit zest – along with fleeting suggestions of walnuts, cassis, anise, and lavender, move in and out of the foreground as the wine evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is sapid and concentrated – at the same time fine and elegant – with a delicately spicy kernel of white nectarines joining the citrus and apples, all seasoned with saline minerality that persists through the long, elegant finish. Drink now for the wine’s electrifying energy and primary fruit, or tuck away in a cool cellar for five years or more (the 1996 we tasted with Etienne was still very much alive).
About this wine producer: Etienne Daulny farms over twenty small parcels in Sancerre, including fifty-year-old vines in La Perrière and Les Bois Butteaux in the town of Verdigny, and a steep plot in Les Monts Damnés in Chavignol, regarded by many as the most important vineyard in all of Sancerre. The diversity of soil types, elevations and exposures allow for wines of tremendous complexity and character, ensured by his brother Bertrand’s rigorous protocol in the cellar. The resulting wines are fresh and vibrant, with an accompanying structure and richness found in only the best expressions of the appellation.