From the Loire Valley in France comes this seductive, crisp and dry white that is surprisingly inexpensive for such a great wine from this region. This is a very different animal from a New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc. Although there is an obvious presence of citrus, it is mainly lime rather than grapefruit. But fear not, there are still plenty of other interesting notes.
The color of this 100% Sauvignon is pale gold that dazzles in sunlight (Really – I don’t make this stuff up) as if on cue to welcome May. On the nose there is a faint, yet lovely scent of grass that is followed by a fair amount of lime citrus, subtle pineapple and lichee. There is a good bit of minerality in the finish. The wine is very well balanced and pairs well with a variety of summer salads, cheeses and seafood dishes. I suggest a shrimp, asparagus, and gruyere quiche with a bit of lemon zest.
Right now this wine is a terrific bargain at $9.99. Spring is here and Summer is coming so stock up!