2015 Domaine du Vieil Orme "Inphini" Sauvignon Touraine Chenonceaux Blanc (Previously $15) SKU #1306671

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Tasting Notes

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."

Staff Reviews

  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    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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