Ross' Weekly Sip
Delaille Domaine du Salvard ‘Unique’ Sauvignon Blanc
In 2010, when I first began to dig deep into the world of wine, I immediately found myself in a bottomless ocean of French wine regions. Of course, it made since to start with the basics; Bordeaux, Burgundy (if you want to call Burgundy basic), Alsace and the Rhone Valley. Quickly though, I began to dive deeper, digging into wines that were not yet well established in the United States, or anywhere for that matter.
One of the wines I came across that I have considered my workhorse for years now in the restaurant business, is the wines of Domaine du Salvard. Situated just downstream on the Loire Valley from the famed Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, lies a small, lesser known region known simply as Cheverny. Here, like Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc is king. The two regions are in fact so similar that the wines are almost indistinguishable in a blind tasting.
Only one critical difference separates the wines from one another. Cheverny, historically, must blend 16% local complimentary varietals into their wines to be officially stamped with the Cheverny AOC seal of approval. Domaine du Salvard solves this by creating a second wine, ‘Unique,’ which has been amended to the designation of Val de Loire, that is 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
With ‘Unique’ you receive every bit the quality of the greatest Sauvignon Blanc’s in the world. The lime nose, laced with bosc pear and freshly sliced bell pepper. The bone-dry mineral finish. The cleansing, yet not bracing acidity. The only thing that is missing is the price point north of $25.
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