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Henri Bourgeois Sancerre les Baronnes 2006

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An acclaimed producer whose wines exhibit the complexity of the terroir of Chavignol, being chalky with a touch of gunflint, initially steely, then ripening in the mouth with a broad array of flavours and wonderful length. Once upon a time, o best beloved, a great oak was planted in what would become the National Forest of Saint-Palais near Bourges. As the centuries passed it grew bigger and stronger and one day became the eldest and most majestic of a line of great oaks that were used to build the frame of the Saint Etienne cathedral in Bourges. Located at the crossroads of telluric forces (yes, this was a feng shui oak tree), legend has it that Sully, King Charles V and Agnès Sorel came to rest at the foot of this great oak and many others since used it as a place of assignation. But in 1993 a violent storm struck down the 433 year-old tree. In the subsequent auction the Bourgeois family outbid interested buyers from around the world to preserve this piece of local culture and to renew it by crafting it into barrels in which they placed the fruit of their most cherished Sauvignon and Pinot vines. As you wipe away a misty tear know that the wines are magnificent, liquid testaments to the vessel in which they have been aged. 'Old noted oak! I saw thee in a mood /Of vague indifference; and yet with me /Thy memory, like thy fate, hath lingering stood / For years, thou hermit, in the lonely sea /Of grass that waves around thee!'

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White Sancerre LE CHÊNE SAINT-ETIENNE Brilliant golden yellow, it glisten by his sheen. The nose is powerful and very aromatic with notes of very ripe yellow fruits (even tropical fruits), vanilla and spices! The palate is round, full and powerful yet well-balanced. Serve this wine with great fish dishes or, even better, a “Côte de Veau Crémeuse aux Langoustines et Marjolaine” (veal cutlet with... Read more
White Sancerre LE CHÊNE SAINT-ETIENNE Brilliant golden yellow, it glisten by his sheen. The nose is powerful and very aromatic with notes of very ripe yellow fruits (even tropical fruits), vanilla and spices! The palate is round, full and powerful yet well-balanced. Serve this wine with great fish dishes or, even better, a “Côte de Veau Crémeuse aux Langoustines et Marjolaine” (veal cutlet with a langoustine and marjoram cream sauce). Red Sancerre LE CHÊNE SAINT-ETIENNE Bright garnet with red tints. A genuine basket of red and black fruits with hints of game and spice. On the palate, its ampleness and structure are surprising and the tannins are very well assimilated. Serve it with a beef tournedos with chanterelle mushroom even a few small games with red fruits. The trees of the “district of Saint-Etienne” have a fine and dense texture, owing to their slow and steady growth. Its characteristics were more especially imprinted in the Saint-Etienne oak tree due to its great age. In contact with this unique wood, the wine started a slow oxidation through the staves. The tannins given by the “oak” are of great finesse, become united in the greatest harmony to the precious liquid and awards wooden flavours of an unequalled softness. Read less

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Snooth User: MarioRobles
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12/23/2008

classic smokey/sweet aromas of sancerre... 90/100



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An acclaimed producer whose wines exhibit the complexity of the terroir of Chavignol, being chalky with a touch of gunflint, initially steely, then ripening in the mouth with a broad array of flavours and wonderful length. Once upon a time, o best beloved, a great oak was planted in what would become the National Forest of Saint-Palais near Bourges. As the centuries passed it grew bigger and stronger and one day became the eldest and most majestic of a line of great oaks that were used to build the frame of the Saint Etienne cathedral in Bourges. Located at the crossroads of telluric forces (yes, this was a feng shui oak tree), legend has it that Sully, King Charles V and Agnès Sorel came to rest at the foot of this great oak and many others since used it as a place of assignation. But in 1993 a violent storm struck down the 433 year-old tree. In the subsequent auction the Bourgeois family outbid interested buyers from around the world to preserve this piece of local culture and to renew it by crafting it into barrels in which they placed the fruit of their most cherished Sauvignon and Pinot vines. As you wipe away a misty tear know that the wines are magnificent, liquid testaments to the vessel in which they have been aged. 'Old noted oak! I saw thee in a mood /Of vague indifference; and yet with me /Thy memory, like thy fate, hath lingering stood / For years, thou hermit, in the lonely sea /Of grass that waves around thee!'

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