Sauvignon Blanc 2018
A Wine That
energises and refreshes. Whistle clean, it's bright and crunchy with lemon peel and lemongrass aromas. It's a wine that feels as if it cleanses not just your palate but your whole body: if we could take a shower in this wine we would!
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- Winemaker: Hervé Villemade
Where and How?
From Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in and around the Cheverny appellation of the Loire, this is Hervé's négoce wine, meaning he sources the fruit from organic farmers.
The wine was naturally fermented and aged on the lees in stainless steel and fibreglass to preserve freshness. This is hands-off winemaking, as natural and simple as possible, to allow the grape to shine - as Aaron Ayscough writes in the winemaker profile of Hervé:
"His sauvignon and Cheverny rouge are known as craftsmanlike, unshowy references for their grape varieties."
Hervé Villemade adopted organic farming and natural winemaking practices in the 90s, for his 22 hectares of vines in the Cheverny appellation of the Loire. His vineyards are planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Menu Pineau, Romorantin, Côt, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Chenin Blanc. Soils here divide roughly between sandy-flint and clayey-flint. Vines are spaced relatively wide at two metres, and even wider for the older vines that comprise the historical heart of the estate.
His chief concern, as he’s expanded over the years, has been minimizing frost risk. It was frost losses that impelled him, in 2002, to partner with sommelier-turned-winemaker Olivier Lemasson to found Les Vins Contés, a négoçiant business that Lemasson continued after the pair parted ways in 2006. Villemade founded his own négoçiant company in 2008, which he continues to this day. Not all purchases have organic certification, although he emphasises that all grapes are farmed organically.