Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2007 Domaine Thomas & Files Sancerre La Crele, France (Sauvignon Blanc).
This white is pure class and a wonderful Sauvignon that reminds you why the Loire is the grape’s spiritual home. This wine is bright and crisp with subtle depth and has a savory long finish that lingers with tangy fruit and mineral essence. The nose is gooseberry and sharp, but the mouth is round and stony with lemon-lime, grapefruit, white peach and just a touch of grass. It is a terroir wine that has vibrant layers and brisk acid that never overpowers the flavors, just giving balance and keeping things fresh without taking away from the round texture. The only problem is that it is very limited and it is kind of pricy, though in real pleasure terms it is worth the cost. ($32 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive