Wine of the Year: Château Fontaine Audon Sancerre 2011 (Irish Medical Times)
Great to see our favourite Sancerre has got the number one spot from Giovanni Morelli in the Irish Medical Times. We can’t exactly say that the “Doctor recommends” or “medically certified” but the nonetheless we are pretty happy to see Fontaine Audon top the list with Giovanni.
Here’s what Giovanni had to say….
“My bottle of the year was definitely the 2011 Sancerre from Château Fontaine Audon. I mentioned it in my December article and must say that we consumed a lot of it over the festive season”
He tastes a lot of wines in a single year and for Fontaine Audon to shine through confirms our own high opinion of this cracking Sancerre. Every year when we taste this wine we are blown away by the classical styling and how aromatically impressive it is.
People talk a lot about great Sancerre being flinty or mineral rich, some have it, many don’t but with Fontaine Audon that mineral character is glaringly obvious and ultimately very inviting. This particular vintage (2011) should be held up as a benchmark for the region – look here to see what great Sancerre should taste like!
So you may wonder what the secret to success at this Château is. Unsurprisingly as with other great wines it is a combination of the vineyard character and the skills of the producer.
A massively high Silex or flint component in the soils combined with the estate’s northerly position within the region make this a dream terroir for Sauvignon Blanc.
Important too is the fact that the estate is owned by the Champagne House of Bollinger. Because of this major investment has occurred over the last decade meaning that the winemaking facilities and the winemaking team are of the very highest order. All of these factors combine to make a wine which we (and others) think is very hard to beat.
Château de Fontaine-Audon Sancerre is available in all stores now (€18.99)