When I mention Sauvignon Blanc, many of you wonder, mentally, to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé from the Loire, France, or Marlborough in New Zealand. We overlook some other areas, especially in France, where Sauvignon Blanc is more than just an afterthought. Places like Entre-Deux-Mers in Bordeaux and the rest of the Loire, and the Loire is where we find ourselves today.
Our LCBO Find, Domaine Bellevue Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2020, comes from the Touraine AOP, in the region of Loire, France. This incredible sipper can be found at the LCBO for only $15.95 in the vintages section!
The Touraine AOP in itself is a fascinating appellation. The weather and soils are so varied that you can travel west to east and discover vastly differing wine expressions. It's one of the reasons why this appellation rates highly for me. I can find something here for every wine palate.
About Domaine Bellevue Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2020
The Domaine Bellevue Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is a stunning sipper and food pairing wine. Hues of light gold and green flecks provide an elegant view in the glass. However, it is on the nose that this wine really shines and shows you its complexity. Notes of lemon-lime, ripe citruses like clementine, green apple, honey, white flowers (acacia), gooseberry, and flint are present. Much of the same appears on the palate with the addition of passionfruit and herbs like fennel and chive. This is a balanced and wonderfully complex Sauvignon Blanc for only $15.95!
Domaine Bellevue is a fourth-generation operation with hands in varieties like Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Chardonnay, Chenin, and of course, Sauvignon Blanc. An award-winning establishment that makes wines in sustainable ways and is HVE 3 certified. We owe this wine's affordability in part to the modernization in mechanical harvesting. The cost savings here are no doubt passed on to the consumer, and let's face it, as we said at the start, Touraine is not the appellation consumer flock to when seeking a Sauvignon Blanc for dinner. All of this plays into the wine's affordability, and I, and my pocketbook, are ok with that!