Mary Taylor - Sophie Siadou Valenšay 2022
View from the Cellar: 91 Points
"“Sophie Siadou’s Valençay is the first example of this small appellation that I have ever tasted. Valençay is located due south of Cheverny and extends to seventy-four hectares of vines for the entire appellation. Madame Siadou’s 2019 is composed from a cépages of thirty-five percent each of Gamay and Côt, as well as thirty percent Pinot Noir. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in older casks for eighteen months prior to bottling. The 2019 Valençay is nicely ripe at 13.5 percent alcohol and offers up a bright, youthful nose of bitter cherry, pomegranate, a complex base of soil tones, hints of bonfire and a dollop of fresh herb tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and nicely transparent in personality, with a good core, ripe tannins and a long, complex and well balanced finish. I like the spine of structure that the malbec adds here, which makes it a touch chewy out of the blocks, but augurs very well for its evolution in the cellar. Paired with the right food to buffer the tannins a touch, this is quite drinkable today but it will be even better with a few years’ worth of bottle age. A very stylish middleweight. 2021-2040."
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