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2022 Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc “Unique”

Domaine du Salvard

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Most of the Sauvignon Blanc we import comes from the eastern Loire Valley—home to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé—but other stretches of the region specialize in this beloved grape variety, too. This exquisite blanc hails from nearly seventy miles to the west of Sancerre, in Cheverny, where the Delaille brothers’ vines benefit from sandy soils and a continental climate with oceanic influences. At once elegant and exuberant, this Sauvignon Blanc is the stuff apéro dreams are made of.

Tom Wolf

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Val de Loire IGP
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Domaine du Salvard
Winemaker: Emmanuel & Thierry Delaille
Vineyard: 22 years, 8 ha
Soil: Clay, Sand
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region


map of 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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Sampling wine out of the barrel.

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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