2022 Domaine du Vieil Orme Touraine Blanc Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1694817 90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is rich and flavorsome. Lemon in color, it has a perfumed nose of golden apple, ripe summer pear, pineapple and orange zest. The wine has a round mouthfeel with juicy fruit dominating. Pair with heavier or sauce-driven dishes (RS) Inner quote mark (12/2023)

K&L Notes

This family-owned domaine, located in the tiny Loire village of St-Julien-de-Chédon, dates back to 1804. Since 2009, Laurent Benoist has been at the helm, focusing his efforts on sustainable farming and pure, terroir-driven wines. As a region, Touraine has the flexibility to plant a wide range of varieties, setting it apart from Vouvray, which only allows Chenin Blanc, or Sancerre, which only allows Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. In Touraine, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and a few other indigenous grapes are seen at much smaller production levels. This gives the region the freedom to be creative in their blends. In this expression of Domaine du Vieil Orme's 100% Sauvignon Blanc, snappy sweet pea and gooseberry aromas give way to a softer palate, while pear, white peach, and grapefruit zest all make an appearance. The acidity is vibrant and fresh, and there’s a pleasing tinge of lemongrass on the finish. Try it as an accompaniment to seafood; mussels make a particularly good match.

Price: $12.99

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By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2024 | Send Email
The vintage is surprisingly lime zesty and full of freshness. A very easy drinking crisp white for a very affordable price.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2023 | Send Email
The new vintage of the Vieil Orme is yet another impressive release from one of our favorite stalwart producers in the Loire. As the prices of Sancerre soared, we began looking for small artisanal producers in the satellite appellations that make Sauvignon Blanc. Touraine is a natural fit for values since it is quite large and is still one of the best areas to venture for wines that overdeliver for their price. We met vigneron Laurent Benoist back in 2017 and his fresh and crunchy Sauvignon Blancs were immediately captivating. Located in the Chenonceaux sub-region of Touraine, the hills are beautifully chalky and make for classically tense Sauvignons. When I tasted those first wines, they immediately reminded me of those Sancerres of yesteryear with lots of crunchy citrus, gooseberry and fresh hay flavors. The 2022s come from a warmer riper vintage shows loads of citrus but with more tropical flavors of passion fruit and pineapple. It's what I like to call "crushable" because you can easily follow one glass with another. Once again, we find our friends at Vieil Orme overdelivering for their humble price points.

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