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.
Bright, crisp, acidic, and packed with subtle minerality and citrus notes. This touraine was perfect for the last couple of weeks of Indian summer. If you're just looking for some every day drinking whites but don't want to fork out some extra bones for Sancerre, look no further, the Domaine Du Vieil Orme will take care of your needs. ;)~
By: Steve Bearden
K&L Staff Member
This is bracing and clean with invigorating aromas of lemon, orchard fruit, and citrus blossom. There is a talc-like limestone presence to the intense mid-palate of peach and dried apricot fruit that adds texture to this weightless wine. The finish is tensile and long, with chalky and mouth-watering minerality adding a palate-cleansing gush at the very end.
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