Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley, France…

Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley, France…

Loire Valley, France..

I love the Loire Valley. And I love the wines..they are fascinatingly varied and versatile, from the bone dry and luscious sweet whites, to light and elegant reds and rosés and delightfully effervescent sparklers. The overall theme of wines from the Loire is one of harmony and easy drinkability.

The majority of the Loire’s wines are white, representing 52 percent of the total volume. The northerly latitude for winemaking and generally temperate climate ensure good acidity and a refreshing nature in all the wines. Touraine places the emphasis on delicacy and flavour, rather than power and fruit-driven concentration of the New World. Touraine surrounds the town of Tours, a multitude of grape varieties are permissible, but one of the two most common, often used as varietal name on the label, is Sauvignon Blanc. The climate is among the mildest in France; fruit and vegetables grow so well here that the region is known as the “Garden of France”. Sauvignon de Touraine is often seen as an affordable alternative to the more illustrious, and expensive whites of  Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.

Domaine Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc 2010, 12.5% alc., €13.99

This Sauvignon Blanc is a star summer thirst quencher! It is brimming with tropical fruit, drenched with juicy lime and grapefruit, and ending on a crisp and sprightly finish.

Perfect solo or with starters, battered cod, salads, crab, hake, mackerel, mussels, bbq chicken…

Delicious De Cecco Pastas and sauces available in Dicey Reilly’s Off Licence…

 

This Week’s Snippet of Info…

What is Monbazillac?

Monbazillac is a sweet country cousin of Sauternes, based on the Sémillon grape, with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle lending a helping hand. It is richly honeyed, with a trace of liquorice and a shade less bite than Sauternes.

Available from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon

And good independent Off Licences