Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape, that has become incredibly popular, with increased plantings in Australia over the last 10 years. It grows best in the cooler wine regions.

Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Margaret River, Orange in New South Wales and Tasmania are all regions which produce wonderful examples of Sauvignon Blanc. The coolest vintages have “grassy”, gooseberry characters, whereas, warmer vintages show more passionfruit flavour, but still with the trademark zingy acidity. In Margaret River, Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with Semillon, this creates a perfect partnership and a fuller style of wine. In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand's trademark grape.

Sauvignon Blanc is an important white grape in France, especially Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux, where it is blended with Sémillon to produce Bordeaux Blancs and Cru Classé White Graves. Elsewhere in Bordeaux, it is also blended with Sémillon, to produce the amazing dessert wines of Sauternes. In the Loire Valley and particularly on the chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The wines produced are very different to New World equivalents, they tend to be less pungent, more restrained, mineral with smoky, gunflint notes.

After initial problems, it is now grown very successfully in Chile. The wines are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character.
The Loire Valley wine region lies between the center and the northwest of France, along the Loire river. It is home to some of France's most well-known wines, notably, Sancerre, Muscadet, Vouvray and Pouilly-Fumé.

The majority of output from Loire production is white wine, from grape varieties such as Sauvignon blanc, Chenin Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne grapes. There are in total 87 appellations in Loire, stretching from the Atlantic coast and heading inland near the city of Orléans. The region is commonly divided in to three subregions. The upper Loire is predominantly Sauvignon Blanc and includes the areas of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Middle Loire is mostly under Chenin Blanc (and some Cabernet Franc) and includes villages of Touraine, Saumur, Chinon and Vouvray. Lastly in the lower Loire, to the west the Melon de Bourgogne grape variety thrives in the Muscadet region and is the most widely planted grape in the Loire.
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  1. Blanc de Lys Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    WINNER; Gold Medal, Gilbert & Gaillard International Wine Challenge. This zesty, fresh Sauvignon Blanc is produced by one of Touraine’s finest estates, owned and run by the Delaunay family for 5 generations. Joel Delaunay took over in 1965 and began producing estate-bottled ... Learn More
  2. Andre Dezat Sancerre 2020
    The DEZAT family is one of the oldest wine-growing families in Sancerre. References to the family can be found in records dating as far back as 1550. André DEZAT took over the family vineyards in 1948 and became actively involved in promoting ... Learn More
  3. Andre Dezat Sancerre 2019
    The DEZAT family is one of the oldest wine-growing families in Sancerre. References to the family can be found in records dating as far back as 1550. André DEZAT took over the family vineyards in 1948 and became actively involved in promoting ... Learn More
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  4. Andre Dezat Sancerre 2018
    The DEZAT family is one of the oldest wine-growing families in Sancerre. References to the family can be found in records dating as far back as 1550. André DEZAT took over the family vineyards in 1948 and became actively involved in promoting ... Learn More
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  5. Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc 'La Vigne Blanche' 2016
    The original and still the best style of Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh green grass leads but is not pungent or offensive. Followed by crisp green apple and abundant smoky, stony mineral notes. Crunchy, raspy acidity, mineral and citrus flavours, feather light ... Learn More
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  6. Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc 'La Vigne Blanche' 2019
    The original and still the best style of Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh green grass leads but is not pungent or offensive. Followed by crisp green apple and abundant smoky, stony mineral notes. Crunchy, raspy acidity, mineral and citrus flavours, feather light ... Learn More
  7. Gerard Boulay Clos Beaujeu Sancerre 2016
    Naturally fermented in large, upright cuve, then aged in three and four-year-old 300L barrels. Captivating aromas of white flowers, pear and lemon. The wine is clean and bright with succulent yellow fruits and sharper citrus fruit. Has nice minerality on ... Learn More
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    John Gilman
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  8. ONLINE TASTING PACK - LOIRE VALLEY DEEP DIVE THURSDAY 13TH MAY 6:30PM AEST

    Loire Valley, an important wine region in France but we don't see enough of it here in Australia. We believe these wines suit our climate and lifestyle exceptionally well and so we're going to explore this region and the ... Learn More

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  9. Sauvignon Blanc Summer Sampler Dozen!

    This mixed selection showcases four of our best Sauvignon blanc's from across the 2020/2021 vintage.

    Sourced from a variety of regions, each and everyone of these wines is packed with juicy fruit flavours while maintaining exceptional value for ... Learn More

  10. Get Summer Sorted Mixed Dozen

    This case of wine is the perfect curated pack to get you sorted for Summer! Easy drinking, crisp, dry, Summer whites, Rose and Prosecco! What else could you need? Whether it's for a picnic or just to enjoy the ... Learn More

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  11. ONLINE TASTING PACK - FRENCH WINE NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST, 4 WEEK COURSE

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 12 different wines to be opened during a series of 4 online tastings held throughout late August and early September 2020.

    Across 4 weeks we will ... Learn More

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    Campbell Mattinson
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