2013, Domaine de la Chaise, Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine AC, Loire Valley, France
The Wine of the Week by Annette Tomei
The Loire Valley is one of France’s most diverse wine growing regions, and one of the largest, with climate conditions ranging from maritime (consistent, moderate) to continental (great fluctuations by season and time of day). The Loire Valley is best known for its white wines, which make up approximately 75% of production, especially those from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.
The Touraine is located in the upper Loire Valley, centered on the city of Tours in a continental climate. The generic regional appellation of Touraine may produce red, white, or rosé wines in still or sparkling styles from an assortment of grape varieties. Unlike the more specific appellation of Vouvray, which is situated within the Touraine and is made from Chenin Blanc, the majority of the white wines of this general appellation are made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape with or without the addition of the lesser-known Sauvignon Gris.
The 140 acres of vineyards of Domaine de la Chaise are located in Saint Georges sur Cher, owned by the Davault family. Christophe Davault, the seventh generation of this winemaking family, took over in 2004.
The 2013 vintage is golden-yellow, and rich with the aromas of grapefruit and exotic fruits. The juicy ripeness reflects a distinctly “New World” style – sur lie stainless steel aging creates an especially rich and ripe character; the finish is long with grapefruit-y astringency. The full-flavored nature of this wine belies the overall light body (only 12.5% ABV). Though an easy-drinking (and affordably priced) aperitif, this wine can be paired with fresh goat cheeses, many fish and shellfish dishes, green vegetables, and lighter entrees. Try it with a creamy goat cheese risotto topped with a lemony arugula salad and grape tomatoes.
Annette is the founder of VinEducation, where she is a food and beverage educator and consultant. She is also a professional chef who frequently contributes delicious recipes to EatSomethingSexy.com.
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