Bring a bit of real summer to this dark time of year with some of this amazing white. It includes a variety which might test even the authors of the new great tome ‘Wine Grapes’, (Jancis Robinson MW, Julia Harding MW and Swiss botanist Dr José Vouillamoz). This is the first vintage of this blend from Lionel Gosseaume, and the first time I have ever encountered the grape ‘Meslier Saint Francois’.
2009 CLIMAT NO. 2 47°23’29” N, 1°19’52” E Domaine de Pierre £12.95 single bottle, £11.95 ‘case’ price.
Loire guru Jim Budd also got very excited about it early this year, calling it ‘My most interesting wine of Loire Salon 2012′. We expected to sell it with great success in the summer, but it closed up after bottling, and has only now returned to form. Tasted again today and it’s now showing all the class and style which got us so excited in January last year. Lovely nose with twining scented aromas of lemon, elderflower, passion fruit and honeysuckle, and all this continues onto the palate with sherbety brightness in a full body. A half and half blend of Meslier Saint François with Sauvignon. And at this price a bargain too – not to be missed. A lovely aperitif, it would go well with smoked salmon or eve slightly spicy / oriental flavours.