A Sublime Sauvignon Blanc for Every Palate

A Sublime Sauvignon Blanc for Every Palate

Posted on May, 17. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

This is not the best day to tell you about a delicious, crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. I was hoping to get a hot, sunny day to create a better context for this thing. This is an awesome Sauvignon Blanc so bear with me and picture the many hot days and afternoons that we have before us as you consider your need for this wine today.

Sauvignon Blanc is a funny wine, people tend to love them or hate them. Beyond that, there is such differing styles that it becomes difficult to blanket tell someone to try a Sauv Blanc. There are the grassy, mineral styles of Loire Valley, the rich, rounded lightly oaked style that is done in Bordeaux and California and then the intense tropical, passion fruit style coming out of New Zealand. All three of these style show drastically different in a side by side tasting.

The Sauv Blanc I have today captures a little of each of these styles which is why I call it a Sauv Blanc for every palate.

This is a no brainer wine; meaning that the perfection of flavor delivery is so obviously excellent for the majority of palate types that it makes the low price seem laughably moot.

The wine is a Quincy (pronounced Kawn-si) but I affectionately refer to it as Quincy (as in Quincy Jones). Quincy is a village in the Loire valley and because it has an AOC designate it is also a type of wine like a Burgundy or Bordeaux. When ordering it out you would say, “Do you have any good Quincy?” You get the idea. Quincy is a part of a grouping of villages south of Sancerre including the other AOC villages of Reuilly and Mentou-Salon. All three of these villages follow Sancerre’s lead in producing Sauvingnon Blanc for white wines and Pinot Noir for Reds.

These three villages do not have the prestige of Sancerre which in the modern wine climate has given them more flexibility of style production than the stalwart classic. After all, for the French, Sancerre is Sauvignon Blanc and must maintain a united front of flavor profile.

The Quincy I tasted last week was riper, offering fuller fruit and a balance more appreciated by a new world palate. And yet the wine never betrayed its old world heritage; after some swirling consideration it occurred to me that this wine was offering classic Loire sensibilities on steroids. The minerality, the freshness, the more classic fruit profiles of citrus, white flower and gooseberries that one is used to eking out of these style wines from mere hues were all here in ripe fullness and flavor readiness. All of this up front, long in the mid palate and long in the finish, held aloft by a masterpiece of perfect acidity so beautiful that I would ask a physicist to yank it from the wine and hang it in the Louvre itself.

I’ll admit I loved this wine. I loved it even more when I read up on the estate. This guy is making wine much like it must have been made in the 18th century. I pulled the highlight terms from the spec sheet and have listed them here, incredible stuff:

  • 10 acres
  • No pesticide or herbicide
  • Non-interventionist
  • Native yeast
  • Completely hand harvested
  • Tilled by donkey and horse

This is a “real wine” and an all around great wine for summer. I highly recommend for all occasions.

2008 Domaine de Villalin, Quincy “Tradition”
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $17.14 • Premier Cru: $17.92 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $25.00
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