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Dry Flavorful Sauvignon Blancs from Unexpected Places

To not much surprise, the 2017 Bailly-Reverdy Sancerre was the most purchased in last week’s tasting. It had the perfect combination of slightly smoky Sancerre character and easy friendly drink ability that made it instantly friendly and appealing.
July 10, 2019


Much was purchased. We have a little more than two cases left at its current price. When we get more, it will be at increased price.

Second was the 2018 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc, a perennial Federal favorite. People remarked at its very good quality and low price.

Two others showed such strong individual characters that they divided tasters’ opinions. The 2017 von Winning Sauvignon Blanc was both incisive and powerful, showing a lot of crisp acidity without being angular, as well as great fruit intensity. Experienced tasters found it the finest sauvignon blanc they had had at its price.

The Willamette Valley 2017 Andrew Rich Sauvignon Blanc Croft Vineyard had a similarly dense and smoky Sauvignon Blanc fruit, as powerful as some New Zealand Sauvignons, but without their sometimes abrasive quality. Both of these are for Sauvignon Blanc devotees more than casual drinkers

People liked the Morgentster’s crispness The 2017 Domaine Henry Pellé Menetou Salon Les Blanchais was the most elegant of the six, with precise acidity and fruit that took a while to unfold. Interestingly, I drank our open bottles of that, the Andrew Rich and the von Winning at home both two and four days after the tasting. All showed beautifully.


Sauvignon Blanc

2018 Morgenster Sauvignon Blanc; Aroma: fresh rather clean, light tropical note; Mouth: clean sweet acid rather pretty, clean, light spritz, fresh, fine acidity clean long fresh, light clean long lemon;Very Good Plus 16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44

2018 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc; Color: Pale green straw; Aroma: Rounded fruity, light melon notes, with citrus and mineral accents; Mouth: Clean rather fine acidity, ripe and fleshy, fine acids on a long finish; Very Good Plus 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

2017 von Winning Sauvignon Blanc II; Aroma: Clean racy rather pretty, clean rounded; Mouth: Clean juicy rather firm, pretty fine acid loft and strong finish; Very Good Plus 23.99; Mixed Case, 21.59; Case, 20.39

2017 Bailly-Reverdy Sancerre Le Perrier de la Chapelle; Aroma: Clean rather fresh, light with good lemony – mineral drive, broad flesh; Mouth: Fleshy bright, rather good rather intense ripe fruit, with integrated lemon & grapefruit notes; Very Good Plus 25.99; Mixed Case, 23.39; Case, 22.09

2017 Domaine Henry Pellé Menetou Salon Les Blanchais; Aroma: light clean rather fresh, clean pretty, rather fine rather pretty, some depth; Mouth: clean light fresh, deep mineral, rather fleshy, bright acid, mineral subdued, very nice balance, al dente, long; Very Good – Excellent 29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49

2017 Andrew Rich Sauvignon Blanc Croft Vineyard; Aroma: heady rather dense and rich, pretty citric notes; Mouth: juicy and rich rather full, and fat, with mineral accents, clean, riper, good length;Very Good Plus 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24


7-10-19 Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $235

Instore only 7-19-19 Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $125

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           - Len Rothenberg