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2016 Cheverny

Domaine du Salvard

2016 Cheverny Domaine du Salvard - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Sauvignon Blanc is often described using the word “gooseberry,” better known as groseille à maquereau in French, thanks to traditional Norman fishermen’s recipes that include these berries to season mackerel dishes. Indeed, the snappy taste of Salvard’s Cheverny brings to mind my grandmother’s delicious “Bouonia”: mackerel cooked simply in a pot of white wine, vegetables, lemon, and gooseberry. Fresh and zesty! 

Sarah Hernan

$16.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Chardonnay
Appellation: Cheverny
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Domaine du Salvard
Winemaker: Emmanuel & Thierry Delaille
Vineyard: 10 - 65 years
Soil: Chalk, Limestone, Sand
Aging: Wines age on fine lees in stainless steel tanks and are bottled unfiltered
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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2016 Pinot Gris

Domaine de Reuilly  France  |  Loire  |  Reuilly

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2016 Bourgueil “Cuvée Alouettes”

Domaine de la Chanteleuserie  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$16.00

2016 Vouvray “La Cuvée des Fondraux”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$24.00

2013 Bourgueil “Les Perrières”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$49.00

2016 Muscadet “Le Clos de la Butte”

Éric Chevalier  France  |  Loire  |  Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu

$16.00

2014 Chinon “Clos de la Dioterie”

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$59.00

2016 Chardonnay

Éric Chevalier  France  |  Loire  |  Vin de Pays du Val de Loire

$16.00

2016 Bourgueil “Trinch”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgeuil

$25.00

2016 Savennières

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2015 Vouvray “La Dilettante”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$24.00

NV Vouvray Brut

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$23.00

2014 Chinon “Le Clos Guillot”

Bernard Baudry  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$38.00

I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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