Sauvignon de Touraine, ‘Le Haut Perron Thésée’, Domaine Guy Allion (Organic Practices)
France, Loire, 2010
This delicious and great value Sauvignon de Touraine has lifted aromas of elderflower cordial, Victoria plums and hints of grass. The palate is filled with gooseberry fool infused with elderflower and hints of summer fruit. This domaine, with its beautiful Touraine-style house, overlooks vineyards on the banks of the river Cher, producing first class Sauvignon from vines grown on perruche (sandy-clay) soil. The estate is managed according to the Terra Vitis programme, a codified system which posits not only respect for the environment but knowledge of the land, parcel by parcel. This sensitivity to the environment means that natural rather than chemical solutions can be pursued in the vineyard, and the health of the soil is preserved for future generations. In the cellar, fermentation under controlled temperatures preserves the fresh vitality of the fruit, whilst maturing on lees for some months softens the grapes.