Thursday, 19 December 2013

Claude et Florence Thomas Labaille Sancerre l’Authentique 2011

The wines from this producer come from older vines that are a planted on a hill side. They are hand pruned and picked before fermentation in concrete vats and stainless steel tanks then transferred to second use oak barrels.  
Claude et Florence Thomas Labaille  Sancerre l’Authentique 2011 
This is an authentique Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc with a heap of complexity woven into the fabric of this wine. There are moments of banana skin that fleetingly pass by before citrus and asparagus notes kick in. There is also vibrancy and a chiselled edge to the wine that pulls everything together. While the wine isn’t cheap for a Sav Blanc the inherent complexity and style of the wine puts this way ahead of most of the blancs going around in Australia. The only other two Sav Blancs that are close to this quality are Micheal Hall and Domaine A from the Adelaide Hills and Tasmania respectively. The price of this wine is well under the Domaine A so I would buy this first and get through the case.  
Alcohol: 12.5% 
Price: $35 
Rated: 91 
Drink: Now 2017 
Importer: Eurocentric Wines 

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