Monday, March 12, 2012

Château Sansonnet

Wednesday evening, a dinner was organized at Château Sansonnet for a good reason: Denis Hervier came with a friend to taste the 2010 on the right bank and get an idea for 2011.

The meal was prepared with flair by the little noticed team of 91 Cours Le Rouzic: Kinette and Michel Gautier.

Before the meal, we tasted our 2010; I will say again that Sansonnet 2010 will be hard to beat. This wine has been improving during the aging process and it would be foolish not to buy or taste it for it is such a good deal for a demanding amateur. It’s one of those wines which is even better in 2010 than in 2009, like Fleur Cardinale,!

For aperitif, Blanc de Valandraud 2010 then with the meal Sansonnet 2009, Virginie de Valandraud 2009 followed by Fleur Cardinale 2009 and Clos Badon2009. Hard to believe the idiots who say that all wines taste the same, each wine expressed their terroir, the strength of the clay, the “minerality” of the limestone, the softness of siliceous soil, what fine wines.

Then as guest star paired with truffled brie, Valandraud 2009 that I almost rediscovered. It is true that Kinette had taken care to decant the bottle.

After, blind, two wines that we rarely drink, even here: Ausone 2007; we understand why it is often compared to Romanee Conti and fine Burgundies, followed by 2006 Lafleur, a mythical Pomerol, which showed its reputation tonight. What fine wines! What a beautiful job!


Cubatobaco said...

This sounds like a night to remember! I have never had the Sansonnet, but have read and heard great things. I had to chuckle when you mentioned that some people say that all wines taste alike, as I was thinking the same before reaching that sentence.

Each wine to me expresses its terroir and the winemakers intentions. Being a cigar collector for so many years, you find the same in tobacco blending. Some you are pleased, others are a dissapointment.

Thanks for your review!

Jean-Luc Thunevin said...

That's the beauty of variety ..