made with organic grapes; bottled by Foucher Lebrun; 12.5% ABV
Val de Loire Indication Géographique Protégée, France
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 May
We don’t often get Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire at the GO, so there’s already been a bit of excitement about this wine in comments. However, this one didn’t really thrill me that much.
It’s clearly a substantial wine, with a fairly heavy body for a white. I found flavors of tart lemon and less ripe green apple, a weighty minerality, and something that might be oxidation but I suspect really isn’t. It could be wood. I look forward to trying it the next day.
The next day, the rest of this wine was more fruit-forward and complex, less minerally, but there still didn’t seem to be all that much to it: less ripe fruit of lemon and gooseberries, and that flavor I still can’t pinpoint but is probably wood (although at one point, it reminded me of apple juice). It strikes me as a very solidly made wine, but without enough complexity to stir my interest. Weinish wrote that he liked this wine because, “I like my wines more restrained.” However, I didn’t find much in this wine that required restraining.
DavidLikesWine wrote, “I found it well balanced between fruit and acidity with some interesting almost honeyed notes (but not in a bad way and not out of balance). For $5 this is an definite “buy” for me.” DelMartian1 wrote, “I prefer my SB to be a bit dryer but the wife really liked this one. It had a slightly sweet finish reminiscent of a Rose D’anjou from the Loire.” I thought this wine was totally dry, but maybe they are noting the same thing that struck me as “apple juice.” K&L wines, which sold this for $12, wrote, “From such an inexpensive wine (organic to boot) this has fantastic fruit concentration on the palate and a clean zippy finish. Floral and clean on the nose with hints of white stone fruits and soft minerals.”