Domaine du Chapitre, AOC Touraine-Chenonceaux, Loir et Cher, Centre-Val de Loire, France, 2016
Touraine, with the city of Tours at its heart, covers a huge area, from Bourgueil, St-Nicholas-de Bourgeuil and Chinon in the far west through Tours to Vouvray, Montlouis and Touraine-Amboise in the centre, to Cheverny, Valencay and Touraine-Chenonceaux in the far east, with Jasnieres to the north. The region straddles the rivers of Cher, Indre, Loir, Loire and Vienne.
Generic Touraine and Touraine-sub appellation red varieties are cabernet franc (principally), cabernet sauvignon, gamay, cot (aka malbec), pinot noir and pinot d’aunis; and whites of chenin blanc (aka pineau de la loire) and sauvignon blanc (principally). Wines are red, white and pink, with white and pink sparkling.
This wine: lot No. L067, varietal sauvignon blanc, 2+1 technical agglomerate cork closure, 12.5% abv, ex-producer, €9.50 (05/18)
Consumer tasting note: strong aromas of stone fruit leading to a richer tropical dimension; medium bodied with supporting fresh acidity and a light grip, with flavours of ripe stone fruit, mango and pineapple, with a telltale sauvignon blanc hint of blackcurrant leaf. Finishes medium-long. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of fragrant white peach, nectarine, ripe conference pear, hint of tinned yellow peach, hint of mango.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture with a light grip, with flavours of mango, tinned yellow peach, edge of crushed blackcurrant leaf, hint of almond oil, hint of pineapple. A medium (+) length with a clean peachy-tropical fruit finish.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious, a solid strong intensity throughout, with similar concentration, showing some youthful complexity, and has spent some time on the lees, witnessed by the grip and texture, follows into a firm medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – a sound example of a sauvignon blanc, fresh, fruity and designed for early(ish) consumption, this example has plenty of stuffing, hence the 2-3 years potential for keeping.