Sancerre Blanc Grande Cuvée "La Chaudouillonne" 2008 - Domaine Fournier


An outstanding high-end Sancerre coming from one specific parcel with clay and flint soils, giving the wine a very mineral and stony aspect. This white has developed elegant aromas of ripe exotic and yellow fruit (lychee, apricot) with a long and complex finish. We just love this classy bottle; it is perfect if you want to impress a serious white wines amateur.

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An outstanding high-end Sancerre coming from one specific parcel with clay and flint soils, giving the wine a very mineral and stony aspect. This white has developed elegant aromas of ripe exotic and yellow fruit (lychee, apricot) with a long and complex finish. We just love this classy bottle; it is perfect if you want to impress a serious white wines amateur.
 
Wine CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
DomainDomaine FournierEyeStrong gold yellow
Vintage2008Nose Fine aromas of exotic fruit (lychee) then moving to dried almonds
AppellationSancerre AOCMouthRound with notes of fruit, shortbread and chamomile.
AreaLoire Valley Long and complex but gentle finish
ColourWhiteDrink fromNow
GrapesSauvignon Blanc (100%)Drink before2015
TypeDryOpen Open and drink
  Drinking temperature12°C
    
Food pairing
This is an aperitif wine if you like evolved Sancerre or a dessert wine with an apricot tart.
 
A word about the domain
The Domaine Fournier has been in the same family for over 10 generations, but has really been developed since 1950, growing from 2 hectares back then to over 60 hectares today, split up between the best terroirs of each appellation (Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Menetou Salon). Claude Fournier, who is responsible for a good part of this achievement, has since been joined by his two children on the domain.
The vines are grown with an absolute respect of the environment. The harvest is manual and only the best grapes are kept. The wines are then elaborated is a very modern winery, which ensures that all the process is closely controlled. Red wines then spend 6 to 12 month in oak barrels.
 
What experts say
About the wine
Wine Spectator: 88 (Issue: May 31, 2013)
"Plump but persistent, with notes of white peach, jicama, lemon shortbread and chamomile mingling through the open, gentle finish. Drink now."
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
SoilClay and limestone
Age of vines30 to 50 years old
HarvestManual
MaturingStainless steel vats
Ageing5 months on fine lees
Production10,000 bottles
BottledMarch 2009
Alcohol12.5%

 

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Sancerre Blanc Grande Cuvée "La Chaudouillonne" 2008 - Domaine Fournier

Sancerre Blanc Grande Cuvée "La Chaudouillonne" 2008 - Domaine Fournier

An outstanding high-end Sancerre coming from one specific parcel with clay and flint soils, giving the wine a very mineral and stony aspect. This white has developed elegant aromas of ripe exotic and yellow fruit (lychee, apricot) with a long and complex finish. We just love this classy bottle; it is perfect if you want to impress a serious white wines amateur.