Thursday, November 4, 2010

Domaine Daulny Clos de Chaudenay Sancerre, 2006

Nearly all Sauvignon Blanc wines are considered DYA--drink youngest available. Although this Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley is four years past its vintage date, it's hard to believe it was ever drinking any better than it is right now. In fact, I've had this wine several times since it appeared on the market, and I can attest that this is a special bottle.

Aromas and flavors of mint and melon are subtle yet penetrating. They are ripe and fruity enough that the wine is pleasing to drink on its own before the meal. And they blend nicely with the complex flavors of Etruscan chicken. On the palate, the wine is fresh and lively but there is good concentration and more body than you'd expect from a Sauvignon Blanc. Domaine Daulny's Clos de Chaudenay has long been one of my favorite white wines. And this is Clos de Chaudenay at its best.

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