2011 Les Roches Touraine Blanc

SKU #1090385

This Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine displays an intense classic nose of cut grass, pepper and, believe it or not, pineapples and lemons, with plenty of minerality. Very crisp and refreshing, like a cross between a classic Touraine and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, at an astonishingly low price! Perfect with seafood.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2012  | Send Email
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Eric Story, our Loire Valley Wine Buyer, has found some amazingly wonderful wines from obscure locations in the Valley, and this Gem is a perfect example of this assertion. A bright, distinctive nose greets you with a lovely set of aromas of lime zest and honeydew melon, with undertones of wet river stone minerality. All of this carries over to a clean, crisp, refreshing set of flavors that leads to a mouthwatering finish. The Bean has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house whites for the month. 12.0% ABV
Drink from 1012 to 2016

By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/29/2012  | Send Email
Les Roches Touraine Blanc is a lovely wine from the Loire. A great summertime party wine. Cool climate brings out a crisp acidity. Beautiful tropical notes and fresh cut grass. Backbone of mineral brings it all together. Long finish but short on price!

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/24/2012  | Send Email
Classic cool climate sauvignon blanc- mineral, citrus fruit-lime and lemon, with hints of grass but not overwhelmingly so. As it warms in the glass, the pineapple notes come out. Very pleasant- Light on the palate- an easy quaffer! Buy by the case for your next party!
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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. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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