One More White for St. Martin’s Summer

What better way to enjoy the autumn warmth and sunshine than with a wine from St. Martin’s Loire Valley? I suggest Guy Saget’s 2010 Domaine de la Perrière Sancerre.

Jean-Louis Saget, scion of nine generations of winemakers dating back to 1790, crafts this Sancerre from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes grow on acres planted in 1920 by Magloire Archambault, upon his return from WWI. Saget purchased the winery, located in a 200 million year old cave, and the surrounding lands in 1996 when Archambault retired.

Saget BottleThe flinty soils of the estate give this bottle a welcome minerality and vitality. (Full disclosure: I’d already imbibed enough to reach the point where all alcohol tastes the same prior to arriving at dinner, but was still arrested by the clarity of this wine’s flavors, flavors which retained their integrity throughout the meal.) The thiols–organic compounds with aromatic properties–produce notes of fresh citrus and white flowers. The Sancerre is gold in color, with green, grassy gleams. The flavor is robust and brilliant, with a lemony finish.

Fantastic at first sip, and stellar with Lemon Ricotta Stuffed Gnocchi tossed with Shiitake Mushrooms and Crispy Sage in a Pine Nut Brown Sauce, you could also pair it with Gabriele’s Porchetta.

I enjoyed this wine at Boulder, CO’s Brasserie Ten Ten, where the tablecloths are white, the service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is lively and bustling. But at under $20 a bottle, you can enjoy it on your patio as the late afternoon rays set the lemon trees aglow. Drink away.