In a nutshell: A bright, cirus, floral and very approachable Loire Sauvignon Blanc.
The lowdown: Touraine Chenonceaux is one ot the Loire's most recent appellations and is in the heart of the central Loire's Sauvignon Blanc area. The vineyards for this wine sit in the Loire's tributary valleys of Loir-et-Cher where flinty clay-limetone soils predominate and make for bright and zippy wines. 100% Sauvignon Blanc, after fermentation it rests on its lees for six months to gain complexity and the result is a nice fresh and well rounded wine. The crisp citrus aromas with notes of whote flowers are followed by pear and red apple fruit flavours. There's a nice touch of minerality balanced with good acidity that makes for a very refreshing finish.
When to drink: Brilliantly versatile it works well with seafood, particularly sushi, salads and goat cheese.
Pierre Chainier, based in Amboise on the banks of the Loire between Tours and Blois, source classic Loire varietal wines as well as owning some excellent properties throughout the region.
For both elements of their wine business, they look to principles of agriculture raisonné alongside the most modern wine-making techniques. Within Touraine they have significant vineyard holdings and seven domaines, including Domaine de la Bruyère in the newly established appellation of Touraine-Chenonceaux. Conversely, Clos de Nouys, their 25 acre estate, is one of the oldest in the AOC of Vouvray. Here vines average 35 years of age and Clos de Nouys' parcels of vines were already listed amongst the best sites on geological maps dating from 1907. br>