|Smooth and round with lush tropical fruit and zesty acidity.
For most of us Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc immediately calls to mind Sancerre. With its bright citrus fruit, intense minerality, and often searing acidity, it is justifiably an easy pairing with just about any lighter fare. But if you are like me, you don't always want to shell out $25 - $30 a decent bottle of Sancerre can set you back. There is, of course, a sea of eye-poppingly fruity New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc out there to be had for a song, but if your palate yearns for something more elegant and food-friendly at a similar price, you will want to consider Sauvignon Blanc from other areas of the Loire.
Touraine, the central area of the Loire Valley around the city of Tours, produces both red and white wines from a number of grape varieties, including its famous whites from the Chenin Blanc grape. But there are also a large number of producers turning out great Sauvignon Blanc at far more reasonable prices than the better known Sancerre. Domaine de la Chaise is one of those producers. Their 2014 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc features aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and white peach that remain fresh and lively through fermentation and aging in stainless steel, while prolonged lees contact and stirring softens its acidity and creates a round and supple mouthfeel. Delicious paired with a variety of foods, but especially delicious with fish, shellfish, and fresh herbed goat cheese.
- Rand Sieger, 67 Wine Buyer