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The Loire Valley is a beautiful, scenic area of France known for appellations like Touraine and Anjou. Grapes like Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc do well in this area because of the maritime climate and chalky limestone soils. The Loire river meanders 629 miles through the valley to the Atlantic ocean with tributaries giving life to wine growing regions along the way. Winemaking history in the Loire goes back to the 1st century with viticultural records dating back to the 6th century.
Domaine Sylvain Bailly is a family run business based in village called Bué. Marie Héléne and Jacques, along with daughter Sonia have been tending to the winery for over twenty years. Over 70% of the vineyards are covered with grass to keep the limestone and Kimmeridgian marl soils from eroding. Protection of the environment at the winery is a continual focus. Here's my notes from this wine:
Color: Clear Brightness: Day Bright Red Color: Straw with a tint of green Rim Variation: N/A Viscosity: Medium
Condition: Clean Intensity: Medium Plus Aroma: Youthful Fruit: Tree fruit- pear Earth: Chalk Other: white flowers, spices
Sweetness: Dry Body: Medium Fruit: green apple, grapefruit, lemongrass Earth: Chalkiness Alcohol: Medium Acidity: Medium Plus Complexity: Medium Finish: Medium length
One of the giveaways for Sauvignon Blanc is the grapefruit note. It's part of the Sauvignon Blanc's personality, no matter what region it's grown in. It's usually apparent on the nose, but with this wine you might not detect it straight away. I didn't pick up any grapefruit, but there was some nice tree fruit in the form of Bartlett Pears on the nose. Sauvignon Blancs from the Sancerre region of France are grown in Limestone soils, which give the wine a chalky/earthy note. On the palate, the grapefruit came through with a slightly higher acidic and chalky texture. I found this wine to be a good weekday wine, and a good example of Sancerre at $19.
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