Domaine des Echardières, 'Sauvignon de Touraine', Loire, France

£11.49

This is essentially extremely well made Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire without the price tag of Sancerre or Pouilly Fume. Sure, it might not have the pedigree of the others, but it does punch well above it's weight.

Vibrant, racy, grassy, and full of nettle and herbaceous aromas. Classy, refreshing and with a good crisp zip. Very well made, excellent for the price, and one of our go to wines!

Luc Poullain (the winemaker) bought Domaine des Echardières and its 16 hectares of vines as a going concern in 2000 from one of the many divisions of the local Launay clan. He was 30 years old at the time. Although the cellar is situated in the village of Angé, the vines are located on what is referred to as the Premier Côte between there and the neighbouring commune of Pouillé – where Luc and his family live. Split almost equally white and red, there are seven hectares of Sauvignon, planted on two different soil types (both flint and limestone) and which are vinified apart.

Producer: Domaine des Echardières

Country: France

Region: Loire

Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc 100%

Alcohol: 12.0%

Status: None