Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a maligned and often misunderstood grape. But we believe it is one of the truly great grape varities, capable of exquisite terroir expression and vintage nuance in the right hands. From the chalky soils of Sancerre and Menetou-Salon, where thrilling and ageworthy wines abound, to the delicious expressions from South Africa, intriguing examples from Italy's Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, and the world famous blends of Bordeaux (with Sémillon) there are plenty to choose from.


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2020 G de Guiraud, Bordeaux Blanc Sec

Dry | White | Still

The 2020 G de Guiraud is a real beauty, from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, from organically farmed vineyards. The nose is stunning, with notes of wild flowers, ripe Seville oranges, and plenty of grapefruit zest. Despite the generosity of the fruit, the palate has zingy acidity, and lovely texture. This is a brilliant G de Guiraud.

Ready: 2021 - 2029

2019 Quincy Domaine de Tremblay Vieilles Vignes, Domaines Tatin

Dry | White | Still | 14%

This is a blend of four parcels, with a high proportion of fruit from vines older than 50 years. It is smooth and fruity. Its brightness is piqued with a fine line of pithy bitterness. This is a great example of the appellation, and has taken on some definition and drive from its first year in bottle. This is so refreshing and quenching.

Ready: 2021 - 2024

2020 Reuilly Blanc, Les Pierres Plates, Denis Jamain

Dry | White | Still | 13.5%

This parcel is just behind the house, with Kimmeridgian limestone soils. It has fresh aromas of citrus fruits and oyster brine, with a lightly fruity and fresh palate, with nice minerality on the finish. Restrained and terroir-driven.

Ready: 2021 - 2024

2019 Menetou-Salon Blanc, Antoine Van Remoortere

Dry | White | Still

This is packed with juicy concentration, with an impressive tension. This is terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc, with the texture and balance to age well, though it’s probably too enticing to ignore right now. Impressive length.

Ready: 2021 - 2025

2019 Sancerre Harmonie, Vincent Pinard

Dry | White | Still | 13%

Harmonie is one of best loved Pinard cuvées. It is a blend of the top vineyards in Bué: Chêne Marchand and Grand Chemarin. The nose is so complex: crushed seashells, anise, a touch of tropical fruit, and with some air a little camomile. There is such a nice volume and weight on the palate. This is Sauvignon Blanc at its rich but vibrant best.

Ready: 2021 - 2028

2019 Menetou-Salon Honorine, La Tour St-Martin, Domaines Minchin

Dry | White | Still | 14%

This is a warmer, south-facing site than Fumet. In 2019 there is wonderful weight from the peachy nectarine fruit and a floral lift. Just gorgeous right now, and the weight will carry it so well through a few years in the cellar.

Ready: 2021 - 2027

2019 Arpent des Vaudons, Touraine Sauvignon, Jean-François Mérieau

Dry | White | Still

This is a great vintage for Sauvignon Blanc in the Loire: ripe, balanced, and packed with punchy acidity. In 2019 Jean-François harvested this at night and the result is a pleasingly fresh wine with expressive energy. This is benchmark Sauvignon de Touraine, and a winner at this price.

Ready: 2020 - 2023

2019 Menetou-Salon Fumet, La Tour St-Martin, Domaines Minchin

Dry | White | Still | 13.5%

This north-facing limestone site is cool and late ripening. In a warm year like 2019 its quality soars. There is such a fine acidity and outstanding length. I was really blown away by this, and can’t wait to see how the fruit and acidity entwine further with some bottle age. Nervous and tense, this warrants attention.

Ready: 2021 - 2027

2020 Pouilly-sur-Loire, Jonathan Pabiot

Dry | White | Still | 11%

This is made from the Chasselas grape, the lesser-known variety of Pouilly, with only a handful of hectares remaining today. Jonathan’s is one of the best examples: refined and floral, juicy and refreshing. What it lacks in Sauvignon Blanc’s razor sharp edges it gains in its delicate proportions.

Ready: 2021 - 2024

2019 Pouilly Fumé Florilège, Jonathan Pabiot

Dry | White | Still | 13%

From a blend of parcels across the limestone soils of the appellation. The cool nights during the warm 2019 harvest help keep the freshness locked in here. This has a limestone salinity and a brilliant tension. Such a great example of the appellation.

Ready: 2021 - 2025

2018 Metis Sauvignon Blanc, Klein Constantia

Dry | White | Still

The Metis Sauvignon Blanc was inspired by Matt’s time in Sancerre. It comes from a single plot at high altitude, with more granite in the soil than the single vineyards. Treated naturally in the cellar, with as little intervention as possible, Matt leaves this on the lees for longer than when he started, and is putting more and more of the blend into oak. The result is a wine that impresses with its tension and sizzling energy, but that doesn’t lack breadth, or mouthfilling texture.

Ready: 2021 - 2030

2019 Sancerre Blanc, Domaine Paul Prieur et Fils

Dry | White | Still

Luc Prieur’s Sancerre Blanc is one of the best value in the appellation - detailed, balanced, so refreshing, and admirably ageworthy. It comes from parcels dotted around the village of Verdigny and is a blend of the three major soil types found in the region: caillottes, silex and terres blanches. The 2019 is poised and restrained, with a fine saline structure and impressive tension. This is exceptional terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc from one of the finest young talents in the region.

Ready: 2021 - 2029

2019 Quincy Cuvée Gatebourse, Domaines Tatin

Dry | White | Still | 13.5%

This was our top pick from the domaine’s four single vineyard wines. It comes from old vines planted on sandy gravel soils. It is always the first site to be picked, and in 2020 it captures the vibrant acidity and freshness of the vintage. The nose has subtle melon and green apple fruit, whilst the palate has beautiful energy, with crisp weight.

Ready: 2021 - 2026

2018 Pouilly Fumé Aubaine, Jonathan Pabiot

Dry | White | Still | 13%

This is from a limestone parcel near Tracy-sur-Loire and in 2018 is ripe but full of energy. The wine has spent 18 months ageing in concrete tanks before bottling. It has a creamy texture and a deliciously long, fresh finish, with classic limestone drive at the end.

Ready: 2021 - 2028

2018 Pouilly Fumé Eurythmie, Jonathan Pabiot

Dry | White | Still | 13%

Eurythmie is the domaine’s top wine and comes from a mixture of marl and flint soils. The wine is aged in demi-muids (large oak barrels), and the plump 2018 fruit carries the toasty, slightly spiced aspect of the oak with panache. This is a great match of vintage with vinification, which are excellently integrated. Superb.

Ready: 2021 - 2028

2018 Piere Sauvignon Blanc, Vie di Romans

White | Still

From a single vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc, planted with the Italian clone, this is a wonderfully aromatic, textured Sauvignon Blanc. Unique, and brilliantly delicious.

Ready: 2021 - 2032

2018 Sancerre Le Château, Vincent Pinard

Dry | White | Still

Le Château is one of the best sites in the village, nestled in the heart of Bué, just north of Le Grand Chemarin and Chêne Marchand, on Kimmeridgian marl. The wine is tense and powerful with a racy richness and weight. Ageing in oak barrels (none new) gives this Sauvignon Blanc a roundness that works so well with the natural power of the site and this vintage.

Ready: 2021 - 2030

2019 Sancerre Les Créots, Vincent Pinard

Dry | White | Still

Les Créots is found in the relatively unknown village of Thauvenay at the south-eastern limit of the appellation. Its quartz-flecked clay soils are fertile ground for quality-minded producers seeking vineyard expression. For an introduction to the domaine’s whites, you couldn’t do much better than this. It is floral and delicate on the nose. The palate has an agile freshness. This is a wonderfully restrained style of Sancerre Blanc.

Ready: 2021 - 2027