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From their winery in the Loire Valley’s Touraine region, brothers Thierry and Emmanuel Delaille of Domaine du Salvard are producing some of the greatest Sauvignon Blanc values in the world. The climate here is perfect for ripening the fruit while maintaining plenty of zingy acidity, so it’s no wonder why rows of Sauvignon extend as far as the eye can see, interrupted only by the Loire Valley’s splendid châteaux and the meandering river itself. Salvard specializes in wines that deliver fruit-forward pleasure and unconditional refreshment, and the Unique is no exception. This pure Sauvignon saw fermentation and aging in stainless steel tanks, and it is released young, still bursting with juicy, citrusy energy and the scent of blossoming flowers. The mouthwateringly crisp finish is ideal for cleansing the palate after a bite of fresh goat cheese or with a bright seasonal salad. Quaffing down a bottle simply to slake one’s thirst is not unheard of, either.
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
Inspiring Thirst, page 174
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