Les Lunelus is a beautifully fresh Sauvignon Blanc from France's Loire Valley, made by the family-owned estate of Domaine Pierre Angier. While Sauvignon Blanc is grown all over the world, examples from the Loire have a minerality and flintiness that sets them apart, thanks in no small part to the region's unique Kimmeridgian clay soils. Domaine Pierre Angier is part of a group with the tongue-twisting name of The Confrérie des Vignerons de Oisly et Thésée, a small cooperative of winegrowers in Touraine. Founded in 1961, the Confrérie (French for 'brotherhood') began with the goal of producing high-quality, estate-bottled wines from the member's harvests. We liked the Domaine's wines so much that we selected two to share with WineCollective members - this Sauvignon Blanc and a red blend. Enjoy this light, dry white over the next three years at a well-chilled 8 C.
Rather than the hit of grapefruit we often expect with Sauvignon Blanc, Les Lunelus leans more towards white peach, pear, pineapple, and lemon. There's a slight grassiness common with the grape and an intriguing flinty note in the background.
Bone dry and light-bodied, Les Lunelus is fresh and vibrant on the palate. Flavours of green apple, pear, and white peach are supported by zippy acidity that persists through the long, balanced finish. This is a great example of the style and has us reminiscing about sunny summer afternoons.
You'd be right on the money with fresh shellfish - vibrant, briny flavours would be an ideal match for Les Lunelus! But Sauvignon Blanc also has the distinction of being one of the only wines that pair well with tangy goat cheese and herbaceous greens, so try an arugula salad with fresh chèvre.