Sancerre "La Demoiselle" 2010, Alphonse Mellot
This pinot is grown on a terroir which is unique to Sancerre -- le silex (flint stones). At this early stage of evolution this Sancerre is a resplendent purple colour with a fuschia-pink rim. Bright red cherry (griotte) aromas, a hint of blueberry (myrtille) and a lacing of kirsch schnapps. This flint-soil grown Sancerre pinot is sui generis. Fresh and balanced like a Burgundy but not a Burgundy! Aged two-thirds in Burgundy size 228 litre oak barrels and one-third in larger conical tonneau. This could challenge people in a blind tasting.