2009 Gitton Père & Fils "Galinot" Sancerre SKU #1294462


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Tasting Notes

Gitton was established in 1945 with an eye toward producing traditional, single-vineyard Sancerre and has never wavered in its commitment to excellent wines. From one acre at their founding, they've grown to nearly 60 of the best in the region. All of their wines are estate grown and vinified with native yeasts. The Galinot is hand harvested from nearly 60-year-old vines in Sparnacian flint soil. There is something of virtue-in-necessity to the vineyard’s story. Planted in 1959, this hillside site is less than a hectare of flinty, silex soil, which makes this plot far more difficult to work than the softer, chalky limestone soil downslope. It was, however, all that was affordable when Pascal Gitton’s father, Marcel, was initially looking to expand the domaine’s holdings. The extra trouble paid a handsome dividend: the wines from Galinot were the best in the cellar! This is a wine made to develop with bottle age.

Staff Reviews

  • Mahon McGrath
    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.
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    K&L Staff Member
    These days, it's a rarity to find back vintage Sancerre. We are used to drinking Sancerre that is meant to drink with immediacy. But aged Sancerre is so remarkable and such a different experience to young Sancerre. Nearing a decade of age, the 'Galinots' from Gitton is epic. Once of the great, classic producers of Sancerre, proving that back-vintage Sancerre is incredible. You'll find notes of apples, white flowers and honey, with this beautiful waxy texture, surrounded by flavors of almonds and dried herbs. This is drinking beautifully now, and has the structure to last many more years to come.


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