Sauvignon Blanc takes on countless different expressions depending on where it is grown in the world, and even within the Loire Valley, its home region. Out of the vast sea of Sauvignon, few offer as much value and are as downright quaffable as the Unique from Domaine du Salvard. This entry-level bottling from the Delaille family, who purchased the domaine in 1900 and has worked hard to put forth the terroir of Cheverny ever since, features fresh, juicy fruit and zingy acidity—a wine that quenches thirst and awakens the senses while proving that Sauvignon can offer pure hedonistic pleasure. Its aromas of zesty citrus and flowers are perfectly adapted to light spring and summer cooking, when fresh greens and other vegetables in season mirror this white’s brightness of flavor and crisp texture. Shellfish and young goat cheeses—a Loire specialty—also pair well, but don’t overthink it: the Unique is all about conviviality and carefree refreshment.
Éric Chevalier France | Loire | Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu
Domaine du Salvard has been a working domaine since 1898, through five hardworking generations of the Delaille family. Today, all forty-two hectares of vineyards are farmed by the capable brother team of Emmanuel and Thierry Delaille, with help from their father Gilbert. To our delight, they have carried on the traditions established by their ancestors, producing a true, classic Cheverny that is both simple and elegant. The Delaille brothers have focused their attention on growing fresh, lively Sauvignon Blanc, deeply rooted in the sand, clay, and limestone plains of northeastern Touraine. Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Cot constitute their red grape holdings, creating youthful reds with great aromatics.
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