This pure Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Colin family, who have been sought-after growers in the Loire Valley for four generations. Our man on the ground, Mark Hoddy, is good friends with their winemaker, Raphaël Boileau, which means he got you an excellent deal on this exciting 2014 release (the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed 2013). Raphaël has a particularly deft touch with Sauvignon, as you’ll taste here. He gently pressed, then cool-fermented the grapes, techniques that capture the grape’s trademark zingy minerality. Take a sip and tell us what you think!
The Loire Valley is Sauvignon Blanc’s spiritual home, where it makes lively wines packed with lemon, mineral and fresh-cut grass characteristics. Since the 1980s though, New Zealand’s tropical-fruited, super-intense style has taken the world by storm as an equally delicious alternative. While Sauvignon Blanc is best known for its dry wines, but it can also make world-class sweet wines – the most famous of which is Bordeaux’s Sauternes.