Domaine Jöel Delaunay
Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Domaine Joel Delaunay
France / Loire
Andy's Tasting Notes
A zingy French Sauvignon with flavours of lime, grapefruit and crisp red apples. Pure, cool and lingeringly elegant.
Wine maker production notes – After a hard frost in April, which had a significant impact across the Loire Valley, the end of spring and summer was relatively clement, allowing the grapes to reach optimum maturity. The harvest itself was early, starting from 1st September. Although the difficult conditions resulted in a small harvest, the small size of the grapes resulted in excellent concentration and very high quality fruit.
“….. a thrilling, vivacious, energetic Sauvignon, which bursts out of the glass scattering citrus and herb notes like an Olympic pole-vaulter.” Matthew Jukes (Daily Mail), Five outstanding wines this week 28th March 2020.
Price per bottle £10.85
Domaine Joël Delaunay is situated on the bank of the Cher Valley, 50 kilometres east of Tours near the famous Château de Chenonceau. The soil is clay and silex (a mixture of flint and sand) and the pruning method is simple Guyot. The vineyards are planted with grass between the vines to control yields. Today, fifth generation owner Thierry Delaunay runs the domaine. Like his forward-thinking father, Joël Delaunay, who insisted on estate bottling in 1970, Thierry was the first Touraine producer to bottle under screwcap in 2004.
Food matchRed pepper, onion and aubergine tart