By: Mahon McGrath
K&L Staff Member
Sancerre has more than one side. Most of what we sell is the fresh, bright, and green version that gets drunk up more or less immediately. The region does, however, have a more serious side, and the 2009 Galinots shows that brilliantly. Despite its bottle age, this wines best years are ahead of it. It is a white wine of noble stature, intensity, and nuance. It buries the region’s minerality underneath layers of extract, has nothing herbaceous about it, and doesn’t traffic in new oak accents, either. What’s on display here is very much what the site and its old vines bring to the table.
The conundrum with wines like these is between wanting to declare your love for their beauties, and wanting to keep quiet and enjoy them for a pittance, relative to their quality, thanks to their obscurity. And so, guardedly, cautiously, then I let it slip—if you are into Grand Cru Chablis, say, you ought to know this, too. It’s that good.