Edmond et Anne Vatan, Sancerre, Clos la Néore 2011

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95 Points CellarTracker
PNP into Zalto Universal glass (“Fruit” day): Medium golden to the eyes.
First pour impressions: Lemon oil and golden grapefruits with peels and oils. Deep vegetal notes that is like a backward version of the classic green bell peppery notes. Superbly minerality like liquid stone on the nose.
Still backwards on palate but heavily driven by minerality. Great balanced acidity. Satisfying finish but takes time.
94-95 points easy.
Second pour, 30 minutes upon opening with time in glass: lots more exotic fruits like pineapples.
Third pour, 1 hour upon opening: Falling back a little with more white spices.
Final pour, 2 hours upon opening: Golden apple and quince notes. Very subtle and complex minty notes. 6/24/2022
94 points John Gilman
I am so happy to see that the great work done here since 1959 by Edmond Vatan is being carried on in conjunction with his daughter Anne, as I have been a huge fan of these magical Sancerres since I first crossed paths with the brilliant 1988 vintage here. The 2011 Clos la Néore is another superb wine in the making, with a very classic aromatic and flavor profile and great potential for longevity (though perhaps not the steely spine of acidity of the 2010 here). The stunning nose offers up scents of lime, tart pear, a touch of almond, incipient notes of the lovely Vatan botanicals that will blossom with further bottle age, citrus peel and a lovely base of minerality. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and crisp, with a rock solid core of fruit, lovely focus and balance, bright acids and outstanding length and grip on the nascently complex and quite seamless finish. This will be a lovely vintage of Vatan Sancerre and will probably drink a bit sooner than the snappier 2010 version. One of France’s greatest white wines is spot on in this vintage! Drink between 2016-2035. (6/2013)
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