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Year in, year out Château Turcaud produces one of the best white wine values in the world. It’s long been found on Michelin-starred wine lists in Paris and we’ve had it at the restaurant since Day 1. If you’ve ever tried this stunning, classic Bordeaux of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadlle, then you know why. The 2020 vintage has just arrived, and it’s a fantastic vintage in Bordeaux for energetic whites. This is world-class, as always.
A textbook Sancerre Blanc from the village of Bué year in year out, this has become a little bit harder to get ever since it got a huge score in its first year of being reviewed. Now, our little secret isn’t such a little secret anymore. Drawn off the highest in elevation in Sancerre with the most calcareous soil, it is a chiseled, tightly wound and incredibly complex Sauvignon Blanc, which I’d argue is one of the best in the world and certainly from one of the best and most consistent winemakers in the Loire Valley.
Simply stunning. An incredible effort in arguably the greatest Sancerre vintage since 1947, Dominique’s single vineyard ‘Les Deserts’ is considered the Grand Cru vineyard of Bue. It’s a dead ringer for Premier Cru Chablis; it’s that complex. How when it’s Sauvignon Blanc? Well, the vines of Les Deserts are rooted in Kimmeridgian rock, the same soil you find in the best vineyards of Chablis. It’s full-bodied with a chalky minerality and a beautiful, vibrant intensity. This will forever change the way you view Sancerre. It really is that good.
This is a special bottling from Domaine Reverdy-Ducroux that features a few vintages so it has the ‘NV’ designate. It comes from a vineyard along the Loire river with some really special Silex soils, that locals call “rocks”. This is a super energetic expression with clean citrus notes and an overwhelming freshness. It’s much more mineral-driven than any other white wine I’ve had from R-D as it is the Silex soil that gives this one its chalky minerality.
The Caymus Family Emmolo Sauv Blanc combines fruit from both Suisan and Napa Valley and is left in the hands of Chuck’s daughter and rising winemaking star, Jenny. The win is flush with a stone fruit and minerality combination. It’s not grassy or overly ripe, instead it features delicate fruit made in 100% stainless steel that comes out super energetic and focused. A pale gold color in the grass, it attacks with layers of guava, white peach and green melon followed by lively acidity and that mineral cut that SB lovers crave.
Etienne Daulny is the latest in a very long line of Daulnys to farm Sauvignon Blanc near the tiny hamlet of Verdigny in the appellation of Sancerre. He is currently in charge of farming over twenty small parcels including some incredibly well respected fifty-year-old vines. This is a classic Sancerre, aromatically dynamic, with intense fruit, distinct minerality and blazing acidity. It’s the white wine we drink most often at home. Beautiful structure and length to this with a youthful vibrancy that shines throughout.
The newly released 2021 Frenzy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a fabulous value white wine, loaded with green apples, pears and white peaches plus a hint of spice. It’s juicy and fresh, the perfect cocktail hour white. It’s what is referred to as the perfect ‘pool wine’. It’s great paired with just about anything or just enjoyed on its own.
We are super lucky to get a small shot at this one which is usually nearly an exclusive for the AltaMarea group and yields were way down in the Loire in the 2021 vintage. The Sancerre “Le Mont” from Maison Foucher Lebrun is zipped up and juicy yet offers up complex aromas of gooseberry, citrus, fresh-cut grass, with a tropical zest. On the palate, the wine is very clean and crisp, full-bodied and laser focused, with a good core and a long, tasty finish that offers a dash of minerality and salinity.
The brand new 2022 Sandy Cove SB gives you everything you want in a New Zealand Sauv Blanc, plus it’s even a bit more round and elegant than most bottles in this price range. But given the winemaker (Allan Scott) is recognized as New Zealand’s greatest, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It hits you with a wave of that unmistakable Marlborough nose- tropical notes, gooseberry, citrus and a freshly cut grass. On the mouth, it’s super lively and crisp, with pristine fruit, nice minerality and a gorgeous acidic backbone.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate was the first critical voice to fall in love, declaring: “He [Duncan Savage] makes some of South Africa’s greatest wines either at Cape Point Vineyards and the bijou namesake label.” The fresh to death 2022 Salt River Sauvignon Blanc just arrived and it’s a doozy. A super smooth growing season in South Africa meant white wines with gorgeous, clean fruit and soaring aromatics. This one also has a great mineral streak and wonderful natural acidity, thanks in large part to the maritime influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Valéry represents the third generation of his family’s wine growing. This beautiful white wine comes from multiple parcels of Sauvignon Blanc in the lieux-dit, Les Lignis, where the soils are clay-limestone over calcareous marl, full of Jurassic ammonite fossils, (just as they are in Menetou Salon and Sancerre). It hits with waves of green apple and pears, jasmine blossoms, and even some citrus – along with some nutty notes and hints of lavender. The more time it spends in the glass, the more it evolves, even adding a spicy factor on the finish that begs you to come back for more.
Just in time, we have the release of Vincent Ricard’s all-time great white wine bargain. This is a crisp, clean and flat out delicious Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The protege to the Silex-style of Dagueneau – who over the last 15 years has produced flawless and beloved white wines that at last count were on the wine lists of over 36 Michelin-starred restaurants. This is a great house white and one that can surely hold its own with just about everything on the table.