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Sauvignon Blanc, 2014. Brochet

Sauvignon Blanc, 2014. Brochet

Item #: L0817W4IF
Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: IGP Loire Valley, France
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Lovely Stone Fruit
Palate: Extracted Fruit and Herbs
Finish: Never Lets Up
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2018/Seafood, Vegetarian/Alcohol: 13.5%

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Brochet is the work of Frederic Brochet, a Ph.D. in food science who is not only a researcher in Bordeaux, but also an instructor for Slow Food in Pollenzo, Italy! In other words, this guy rocks.

Frederick came from a winemaking family who owned Ampelidae Winery in the Loire. Most of the winery was constructed in the 14th Century and survives today. When you think about it, that's pretty incredible.

Two of the most heralded places in the world for Sauvignon Blanc are in the Loire Valley. They are Sancerre and Pouilly Fum?, which lie at the easternmost tip of the Loire River, pretty much in the center of France.

The beauty of wines like this one is that the winery is just outside the boundary of the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly Fum?. As such, Brochet can't command the prices they get. But he can make a wine as good and sometimes better.

This is everything it should be. The bright color doesn't prepare you for the intense nose of mango, guava, stone fruit and a touch of granite and herbs. And that doesn't prepare you for the explosion of flavors on the palate that just keep on keeping on.

The wine sees no oak (thank you!) so all you get is the purity of fruit and minerality, all held together by a tight acidity that leaves you swallowing breathlessly. But you'll get used to it.

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