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Thursday, 26 August 2010

2008 Sancerre Rouge, Gérard Fiou

This 2008 Sancerre Rouge from Gérard Fiou of Saint-Satur could I think be very good but in this vintage doesn't quite make it. It comes from vines planted on flint aged 60 years and more, is picked by hand with a yield of 40 hl/ha. There is some concentration of black fruits making it enjoyable to drink but it is a little rustic lacking the finesse and silkiness that can be found in Pinot Noir. Perhaps it is still to young and this slightly gauche duckling will in a year or so be transformed into a swan. I fancy that this wine would be improved by time in barrel – it has sufficient concentration to handle wood.

This was one of the wines I tasted at the Bureau du Centre in early June. 

Domaine Gérard Fiou
15 Rue Emile Hilaire
18300 Saint-Satur
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Luc Charlier said...

Maybe this red Sancerre doesn’t quite make it, but you seem to have had a good go at it, nevertheless, dear Jim. A duckling later to become a swan ?
If one thinks twice of course, Shrewsbury is indeed homeland to two prominent Brits: Charles Darwin and Clive of India. The former would not hear of such a metamorphosis, while the latter has indeed transformed a magnificent civilization into a slave of Albion.
Anyway, long live Shropshire, its great men and its blue cheese !

Jim's Loire said...

Luc. Thank you. Research requires a certain depth.