Domaine Du Salvard Aoc Cheverny Blanc 2013
"Cheverny is an oft-forgotten pocket in the Loire, but this wine shows its undeniable potential. It's based on Sauvignon Blanc, with a dash of Chardonnay to add some roundness. It is beautifully aromatic and packed with tangy fruit that lends a herbaceous edge." -- Decanter Magazine, July 2014.
Cheverny in France's Loire Valley is one of this sprawling region's quiet achievers.
While it may not have the cachet of nearby Vouvray or Sancerre (and nor should it), the finest wines produced here are truly exciting and well worth seeking out.
If you know where to look, they can also deliver great value. By legislation, a Cheverny white has to be a blend of varietals and while regional styles are quite hard to pin down, from the top growers who "get it" you can expect some sleek and precise whites from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Chenin.
Made from organically-tended vines, Domaine du Salvard's entry-level Cheverny is one of those whites. It's the classic Cheverny blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Chardonnay and comes from the sandy chalk and limstone soils that form the best terroirs of Cheverny.
After the grapes are picked they receive a short maceration followed by pressing. Entirely raised in thermo-regulated vats this wine rests on its fine lees for up to 12 months before bottling.