2016 Le Coeur de la Reine Sauvignon Blanc Touraine

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A partnership between Rodolphe and Ludivine Marteau, the fourth generation to make wine from their family's estate. Of their 29 acres, 20 are devoted to Sauvignon Blanc. With vines averaging 20 years and very detail-oriented farming, they harvest the best quality fruit possible. Tasting notes from the importer: "The nose offers an intense 'fruit basket' dominated by citrus scents with a note of blackcurrant bud. In the mouth, all is suppleness and elegance. The final spicy note emphasizes the freshness and the generous length of this Touraine Sauvignon."

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2017 | Send Email
Back and better than ever (to my taste) the 2016 La Coeur De La Reine Sav Blanc is a perfect summer picnic/BBQ/slow sippin/guzzling kind of wine. Lovely aromas of citrus and some stone fruit are driven by the acid and touch of grassy notes. This is a wine of wonderful balance to me, the ripe fruit and notes of lemongrass and flinty minerality all being driven by bright acid compliment each other and the nice thing is the price seems to compliment my budget.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
I've been anxiously awaiting the new vintage, and the leaner 2016 is finally here! Sancerre-style paired with Touraine's picnic-perfect value, this customer favorite may just be a top pick for Sauvignon Blanc in the store at this price. The last vintage was a hit, but rounder and more fruit-driven, and now the fresh 2016 is just in time for summer, showing sharper but quenching minerality. Bright acid is vividly apparent, balanced by juicy citrus and ripe stone fruit: flavors shine without hiding terroir or flintiness. Plus the label is gorgeous, begging to dress up your table. Le Coeur de la Reine is ready to take along to parties, alfresco dinners and warm weather adventures.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2017 | Send Email
Citus aromas. Full on the palate. Tasty bright fruit - peach, citrus, and even a hint of melon. The touch of grassy flavors and pure Sauvignon fruit will give you a great idea of what the Touraine appellation is all about.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2017 | Send Email
Now our third consecutive vintage of this Touraine, the Le Coeur de la Reine remains one of the best over-delivering wines in the store. The promise of the 2016 vintage gives us a laser beam focus of passion fruit, gooseberry and grapefruit evoking the flavors you would find in a top tier Sancerre or Pouilly Fume -but at half their price. Ideal as an aperitif, lighter vegetable dishes or maybe some Indian take-out.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2017 | Send Email
Year after year, this is one of my go-to French Sauvignon Blancs. The 2016 is showing minerality and restraint. Still the same bright, juicy high acid, balanced by notes of white nectarine, lemon zest and even a little tropical fruit. The texture is rich and supple with a long, zesty finish.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2017 | Send Email
Fresh, crunchy and clean. Full of grapefruit and pomelo with touch of lemon peel. Dry and mineral with just a hint of herbs on the nose. Tasty and easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.