2015 Domaine du Vieil Orme "Inphini" Sauvignon Touraine Chenonceaux Blanc (Previously $15)

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The history of this domaine goes back to 1849. Each generation has left its legacy: Laurent Benoist's great-grand father acquired the vineyards, his grand father started bottling the wine and his father developed a thorough knowledge of the terroir. Since 2009, he has made every effort to develop sustainable viticultural methods by reducing the amount of chemicals used in the vineyards, allowing the grass to grow between the rows, green harvesting, etc. Winery note: "Nice straw colour with green hues. The nose is dominated by aromas of quince and ripe tropical fruits: passion fruit, mango, litchi. On the palate, floral notes as well as vanilla and almond. Rounded mouth-feel and long finish."

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/18/2017 | Send Email
I recently re-tasted this wine and fell in love all over again. This bottling from Domaine Di Vieil Orme is richer and waxier than their entry-level selection. It's delicious, unique and a fun departure from your "typical" Sauvignon Blanc. There's a peachy, stone fruit note along with citrus blossoms and limestone. The fuller body carries a lovely texture onto the palate and stays fresh with well balanced acidity. This is well worth the couple of extra bucks! This would also be a great choice to bridge the gap with family and friends who all like differing styles of white wine.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/15/2017 | Send Email
This is one special, complex wine from the Touraine region, which is 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc, but presents a complex bouquet of dried stone fruit, chalky mineral and bright lime blossom. When I tasted it with the staff, we were all compelled by It's oily, waxy texture and rich midpalate, which was tempered by a balanced acidity and distinct minerality. Inphini is ridiculously delicious and surprising, and a must have for those who typically enjoy Vin de Savoie blanc, but want to try something a bit unusual.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2017 | Send Email
The "Iphini" represents Vieil Orme's "Cru" Touraine. Here there's more weight, concentration and riper fruit flavors than their outstanding regular bottling and the added richness and complexity are worth the slightly higher price. Great on its own or with food.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12