2016

Domaine des Echardières Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine

France, Loire Valley

Spot on Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, which could easily pass off as being from a more revered appellation. Bold flinty nose and bright gooseberry and citric fruit palate; really zesty, refreshing and satisfying. Finishes with a pleasant chalky, leafy note.”

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£9.95

MWS: 95

SKU: 1094. Categories: , .

Origin

Vineyards are located on what is referred to as the Premier Côte, between the village of Agné (where the cellars can be found) and the neighbouring commune of Pouillé. Grapes are grown in the appellation of Touraine, in the central Loire Valley, on a mix of Silex and limestone soils with a little clay.

Grape Variety

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Below average yields for the area, the wine was fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 5 months on lees in tank.

Alcohol Percentage

12.2%

Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 18 months.

Producer

Luc Poullain's career began strangely enough in Bedfordshire to study as an agricultural engineer, before, ironically, selling chemicals to the wine industry! Today, he manages an estate with an emphasis on environmental sustainability and is a leading advocate of the newly established Touraine-Chenonceaux AOC, part of a group of 30 growers who have the right to produce wines under its name.

His estate is split almost equally white and red, with eight hectares of Sauvignon planted on two different soil types (both flint and limestone).

Food Match

Excellent with any shellfish, not least mussels and crab, also a surprise match with Goat’s cheese and crusty bread.

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