Born from incredibly low yields of intensely flavoured berries, the 2017 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is a very strong vintage from Francois Chidaine. It combines a mouthful of fleshy ripe fruit with bracing freshness. There is also plenty of complexity from wild fermentation and lees ageing. The depth of flavour and interest here is very impressive for the price
Chidaine’s Sauvignon comes mainly from the Domaine’s vines in Chissay-en-Touraine and Saint-Julien-de-Chédon, less than 10km from Montlouis. These sites are complemented by some négoce fruit, and Chidaine is keen to point out that even those sites not under his ownership are managed by his team and entirely hand-harvested. The fruit is whole bunch pressed into stainless steel and fermented with a high degree of solids. The wine is then matured on its lees until bottling.