2017 Domaine du Vieil Orme Sauvignon Touraine Blanc SKU #1364052

Price: $11.99

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Tasting Notes

The family-owned domaine dates back to 1804, located in a tiny Loire village named St-Julien-de Chédon. 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, so it’s different from the more formal areas such as Vouvray, which only allows Chenin Blanc, or Sancerre, which only allows Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. In Touraine, they can grow Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and a few other indigenous grapes seen at much smaller production levels. This gives the region the flexibility to be creative in their blends and wine making.

Staff Reviews

  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    If you miss the sold out Les Roches Touraine and are looking for a new springtime-ready Sauvignon Blanc, try this baby out! Exquisitely crafted, refreshing, and at a price that far belies the incredible quality, this is sunny perfection in a bottle. Mineral driven, crisp, and crowd-pleasing, Domaine du Vieil Orme showcases Touraine's dazzling terroir while maintaining easy drinkability. This is routinely one of our favorite value whites, but there's something extra special about the 2017 release. It's Sancerre style for a fraction of the money!
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    There must be hundreds of colorful nicknames for the myriad soils that underlie vineyards throughout the world, and one of the most amusing I've encountered is 'perruches', or parakeets, for the clay and flint soils found in the Loire Valley. Makes the wines sing, as I discovered when tasting this salubrious Sauvignon Blanc, crafted from quarter century vines grown on a hillside in the tiny village of Saint Julien de Chedon. Uncork this straw-colored delight to reveal scents of fresh lemon-lime, gooseberry and grapefruit, blessed with fine acidity and sur lie character on the finish. A buoyantly delicious white to serve as an aperitif, with soft cheeses, mussels meuniere or a plate of fresh oysters. A customer and staff favorite, you will soon know what all the twittering is about!
    Top Value!
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    A refreshing and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc from the Touraine appellation in Loire. This is youthful and fun with notes of freshly sliced lemons and limes, limestone minerality and pineapple. Perfect for lighter fare and seafood with the citrus inflected, clean palate!


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