2016 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine SKU #1297548


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Tasting Notes

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. Grown in an area located between the Loire River and the Cher River and sandwiched between the towns of Tours and Blois, the wine shows the classic characteristics of the rich clay soils that are fortified with flint and limestone. Very bright and cheery and drinks well at any occasion, even those occasions that call for those unfortunate little clear plastic cups that you have to use outdoors.

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    "All in the golden afternoon, full leisurely we glide..." Those evanescent words were penned over 150 years ago by Lewis Carroll of Alice fame about an English waterway, but they could as easily apply to the Loire with its shimmering panorama, resplendently grand chateau, and elegant waterfowl. If you cannot for some reason find yourself repairing leisurely down that beautiful river in the heart of France, you can at least venture to open a bottle of this crisply dry, tropical-flinty Sauvignon Blanc, pour yourself a glass, lie back, and enjoy the immediate rapture of being wherever you are. The good ship Vicarious awaits!
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    You can't ask for much more at this price point! Crisp, refreshing and lively, this Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine is full of bright citrus, notes of ripe pineapple and cut grass and an intense minerality. Perfect for any occasion and priced right, this is one to buy a few of and keep around the house!
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    The Touraine AOC is quite large with approximately 5500 hectares of vineyards on both banks of the Loire River between Saumur and Orleans. A broad range of wines are produced – white and red and rosé, sparkling and still. For white grapes, there is some Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, but more than 80% of the wine produced is Sauvignon Blanc. The 2016 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine is one of the best values we offer in a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, a less expensive alternative to the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé which is produced just upriver. Very dry and crisp in style with lively citrus notes. Lightly savory and intensely mineral in expression. Terrific value at this price point.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Back in stock for spring, the bright Les Roches is a crisp, picnic-perfect value from Loire's Touraine region. This customer favorite somehow shows complex Sancerre sensibilities for under ten bucks. While the last celebrated vintage was a hit, 2016 is even flintier, displaying an intense, classic nose of cut grass, tropical fruit and lemons, with plenty of minerality, sharper than 2015 but just as drinkable. Super refreshing, 2016 Les Roches Sauvignon Blanc is a great choice for parties, alfresco dining, or just to make weeknights more enjoyable.


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