Sancerre, Loire Valley
Planted in 1819 by Napoleon's defence minster Count of Montalivet, this 42 acre vineyard and winery has been long established within Sancerre in the Loire Valley. Devastation hit in 1880, when the vines and grapes were destroyed by a pest, phylloxera. However, it wasn't long before Montalivet's grandson chose to replant and carrying on the family legacy. Six generations later, Chateau Thauvenay is still family owned and managed. With both old and new vines on the Estate, a unique combination of each are mixed together in the wines. The newer vines are used to balance the lower yielding older vines. The cellar itself is also unique, as it is located in caves under the 12th century chapel, where wine tastings occur. With the Sancerre region being known for their Sauvignon Blanc, it comes to no surprise that Chateau Thauvenay has been producing fantastic wines for generations. Chill this wine down to between 10 - 12 C before serving or let it age on the rack for 5 years.
Deep straw core, but becomes more of a pale gold moving outwards.
Strong aromatics are noted even without swirling! A lovely bouquet of fruity and herbaceous green notes. Pineapple, white grapefruit and lemongrass are just a few, with softer notes of mango, white peach and quince. Capsicum and lemon pith round out the nose.
Much like the nose, the flavours of the Sauvignon Blanc are mirrored with notes of lemon, pineapple, tart white grapefruit and under ripe mango. Lemongrass and fresh green bell pepper balance the fruit elements with herbaceous notes. A lighter body with a nice crisp acidity (we love tingly gums!) that lingers on your palate with a long finish. Lemon pith, under ripe honeydew melon and a fresh minerality round out this summer sipper with a punch.
Anything under the sea pairs perfectly! Smoked salmon, your favourite lobster dish or grilled white fish with a squeeze of lemon.
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Retail: $25.99 Club: $21.49