Joseph Mellot, Sancerre (Loire Valley, France) “La Chatellenie” 2018

($29):  To my mind, authentic Sancerre delivers more than simply Sauvignon Blanc bite and grassy fruitiness.  And this one does just that.  Though not as mineral-y as some — I suspect because of the ripeness of the vintage — a lovely chalk-y mineral component still peeks through and is especially apparent in the finish. Its sturdiness makes it a fine choice for a roast chicken.
89 Michael Apstein Mar 24, 2020