Perhaps a better title for this post is, ‘Indy/Rare/Small-Lot Wine of the Week.’
I’ve been on an Argentinean kick lately, not sure why, but I grabbed this one with no hesitation a few weeks ago at a Bon Vivant Wine Guild tasting.
The Saint Jeannet is a very rare grape – grown in just a couple of places around the world (yes, seriously, just a couple). Since this was my first exposure to this particular varietal I Googled it and was surprised by how little information there is available for Saint Jeannet. I was only able to find a few references online – one of which noted that there is only one Saint Jeanet vineyard remaining in the world (in Argentina) – enough for just 500 cases of wine per year per planet. Wow! Given the lack of information available for this grape, I was unable to validate this information, but can only assume it’s near the truth.
Campo Negro 2007 Saint Jeannet
From Mendoza, Argentina. Pale straw color. 13% alcohol. $12.75/bottle. Very interesting nose reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc at first with crisp grapefruit and lemon, followed by doughnut dough and éclair crème aromas (reminded me of a dunkin donuts). Lively acidity with tart tropical fruits in the mouth and a pear finish.
An interesting grape!