Wine Region: Loire Valley - France
Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
• Visual: Pale yellow color, silver highlights
• Nose: Intense, the first nose is marked by floral notes of honeysuckle and lily of the valley on a background of tangerine. Then the citrus fruits, and in particular orange and mandarin, dominate upon aeration. To this are added some sweet spices and a touch of cotton flower giving an airy side.
• Mouth: The palate is full and fatty on the attack. This flexibility combined with a certain freshness offers a nice balance. As for the aromatic palette, it evolves between the zests citrus and white fruits including apple and pear.
How to Enjoy: Enjoy on its on its own, or with asparagus (and Hollandaise sauce, or melted butter and white pepper), or any white fish, simply cooked. Also a delight with English or French goat’s cheese and some fine bread.
About the winery: Domaine de Villargeau is situated in the little-known appellation of Coteaux du Giennois, north of Pouilly-sur-Loire. It is run by the Thibault family who have made great strides towards raising quality and a greater awareness of the appellation. The soils here are, for the most part, flint, and the majority of vines are sauvignon blanc for whites, with smaller amounts of pinot noir and gamay for the reds and rosés.
The vineyards are certified by Terra Vitis and are in organic conversion. Vines are forced to dig deep for nutrients, thanks to the planting of grass between rows. Yields are controlled through systematic thinning of bunches of grapes.
The whites are regular favourites at our Loire tastings and continue to grow in popularity. Crisp and fresh with definite flinty characters, they closely resemble those of nearby Pouilly-Fumé but at much more attractive prices.
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