Sauvignon Blanc takes on countless different expressions depending on where it is grown in the world, and even within the Loire Valley, its home region. Out of the vast sea of Sauvignon, few offer as much value and are as downright quaffable as today's feature from Domaine du Salvard. A benchmark for quality, Domaine Salvard has been in the Delaille family since the 1890's, and the latest generation expertly manages their 30 hectares with semi-organic farming and vineyard management.
This entry-level bottling from the Delaille family, who purchased the domaine in 1900 and has worked hard to put forth the terroir of Cheverny ever since, features fresh, juicy fruit and zingy acidity-a wine that quenches thirst and awakens the senses while proving that Sauvignon can offer pure hedonistic pleasure. Its aromas of zesty citrus and flowers are perfectly adapted to light spring and summer cooking, when fresh greens and other vegetables in season mirror this white's brightness of flavor and crisp texture. Shellfish and young goat cheeses-a Loire specialty-also pair well, but don't overthink it: the Unique is all about conviviality and carefree refreshment.