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2016 Sauvignon Blanc “Unique”

Domaine du Salvard

2016 Sauvignon Blanc “Unique” Domaine du Salvard - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

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.

Anthony Lynch

$14.95
Vintage: 2016
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Domaine du Salvard
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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2003 Vouvray “Trie de Vendange”

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2014 Sancerre Rouge “Chant de l’Archer”

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2015 Savennières Moelleux

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2016 Cheverny

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2016 Sancerre “Côte des Embouffants”

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2014 Chinon “Les Petites Roches”

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2012 Chinon “Saint Louans”

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