By International Wine Report
THIERRY DELAUNAY Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Report Date: February, 2015
Drinking Window: 2015-2017
Suggested Retail Price: $28
Producer: Thierry Delaunay
Region: Loire Valley
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
A nice mix of citrus, kiwi, minerals, wet grass and white florals all come together in this crisp Sauvignon Blanc. It shows nice balance with excellent acidity lending to the vibrant finish. Readers who enjoy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and looking to venture into the Touraine should certainly consider seeking this out. (Best 2015-2017) - February, 2015 (MD)
By Serge Dore Selections
Thierry Delaunay Sauvignon de Touraine 2014
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Thierry Delaunay’s 21 hectares of vineyards have a diversity of different soils, from clay and flint “perruches” soils that give the distinctive qualities typical of the terroir to an elegance and finesse from the finer, less stony “bournais” soils. His Sauvignon Blanc is a product of these flinty clay “perruches” soils similar to those of nearby Sancerre, and the final wine will indeed be familiar to Sancerre lovers: a pale lemon in color, it boasts an expressive and complex nose of exotic fruits, blackcurrant buds, grapefruit, and peach as well as floral notes, and is well-balanced, long and rich on the palate, with a seductively fresh and fruity character. Best enjoyed chilled with fish, oysters and other seafood, or as an aperitif.
Located in the Loire Valley on the banks of the Cher River (AOC Touraine), these vineyards have been in the family for 5 generations, passing from father to son. They work mainly with the traditional grapes of the region: Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay and Cabernet Franc. Ever since the first wines were bottled at the Domaine in 1971, the Delaunay family has striven to improve their quality by combining the best of traditional procedures with the latest technology. As a result their wines have gained gradually in reputation both in France and abroad.
Vineyards: Flinty clay soils called “perruches”
Farming: Sustainable farming practices, ground cover, canopy management
Yield: 60 hl/ha
Winemaking: Skin contact maceration 50%; pneumatic pressing of grapes; alcoholic fermentation at 60.8F.
Aging: On fine lees with weekly stirring for 3 months
Imported by Serge Dore Selections