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Domaine des Grosses Pierres (France) Sancerre 2005
The 2005 Loire white wines are giving a lot of pleasure, and this pristine example of the Sauvignon Blanc grape in the form of Sancerre is a terrific little wine. On the nose there is beautifully clean, piercing lemon and lime fruit, with an undertow of grassiness and nettles, and a little touch of floral, lychee perfume. On the palate this wine is all about decisive, bracing lemony fruit and purity: it has a wonderfully racy character, that gets the gastric juices flowing, and fills the mouth with elegant fruit and taut acidity. There are notes of guava and nectarine that start to add richness on the mid-palate, in a delightful text-book wine that finishes with lovely poise and balance, at a very reasonable price. 6.99, Aldi.