2015 Le Coeur de la Reine Sauvignon Blanc Touraine

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According to the importer: "This new Loire Valley project is a partnership with Rodolphe and Ludivine Marteau, who took over their family’s estate in 2010 (they are the 4th generation) The 29 hectare property is located on South bank of the river Cher, on siliceous-argilo (clay and flint) soils. Of the 29 hectares of estate vineyards owned by the Marteau family, 20 are planted to Sauvignon Blanc. These vines average 30 years in age and are meticulously tended by the family. Short-cane pruning, selective ploughing, spring debudding, deleafing, grass cover throughout the vineyard and green harvest practices all lend to limited yields and best quality fruit at harvest. 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: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2016 | Send Email
Sancerre style with Touraine's picnic-perfect value, this may be my top pick for the best Sauvignon Blanc in the store at this price. While the last vintage was a hit, 2015 is even better, showing more sharp but quenching minerality. Bright acid is vividly apparent, balanced by blood orange juiciness and ripe stone fruit – summery 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 on all your summer adventures!

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2016 | Send Email
This just might be the best inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc in the store right now. The aromatics on this Touraine let you know the varietal you're dealing with right off the bat, with classic gooseberry, lime, fig leaf, and light melon notes set against wet rock. The palate demonstrates a pleasantly surprising weight for what is really a vibrant, tangy mouthful, with the wine hinting at sweetness without turning ripe, showing the barest blade of grassiness alongside the sweet-tartness of ruby grapefruit. The balance being spot on across all the wine's dimensions, this was an immediate fave.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2016 | Send Email
I loved the 2014, but this 2015 is even better, showing more minerality and restraint. Still the same bright, juicy high acid, balanced by notes of white nectarine, blood orange and even a little passion fruit. The texture is rich and supple with a long flinty finish.

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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.