The crisp, vibrant style of the cool 2011 vintage plays marvelously into the understated, elegant style of the Sancerre appellation’s namesake château. Bright yellow with gold flashes at the rim, the 2011 Château de Sancerre displays an intense Sauvignon Blanc varietal bouquet of orange flower and wet stone. Vibrant flavors of citrus, melon and stone fruit float above the palate, enlivened by a rush of gentle minerality and crisp acidity toward the finish. A terrific aperitif all by itself, and a match made in heaven with a creamy chevre from our cheese department.
Full deep ruby, this wine opens with a nuanced, almost liqueur-like bouquet of blueberry, violets, and a hint of wood-smoke. On the palate, well-concentrated but also light on its feet (a neat trick for any wine), with a floral, almost plummy display of red fruit flavors. These initial, fruit-driven flavors are deepened by darker, penetrating, Châteauneuf-du-Pape-like notes of minerals and herbs from the 10% Mourvèdre component. (The rest of the blend is 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault.) Offering a near-Châteauneuf-du-Pape authority and complexity of flavor at a Côtes-du-Rhône price, this wine is a super bargain. Although ready to drink now, this wine offers an aging potential of 2 to 4 years. --Ben Giliberti, CW Director of Wine Education
"Vivid ruby. Black and blue fruits on the highly perfumed nose. Spicy, focused and gently sweet, offering deep blueberry and cherry flavors that pick up a floral nuance with air. Closes spicy and long, with excellent clarity and sneaky tannins." --90 pts, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Fruit-driven, this is packed with flavors of lush boysenberry, plum sauce and blackberry preserves, with ample drive and cut. Hints of hoisin sauce and anise add definition on the slightly toasty finish. Drink now through 2014. 3,500 cases made.” --89 pts, Wine Spectator
A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2010 Chãteau des Laurets opens with an utterly refined bouquet of fresh cedar, violets, and crushed berries. On the palate, the bold, pure fruit of 2010 asserts itself with remarkable verve, supported by firm, well-resolved tannins. While quite enjoyable now (decant 45 minutes in advance), the firm tannic structure, which is somewhat masked by the precocious fruit at this point, will provide excellent aging ability of 7 to 10 years, if not more. A tremendous value.