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Domaine Jean-François Mérieau,'Arpent Vaudons' Sauvignon Blanc

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Region: Loire Valley
Refined Region: Touraine
Vintage: 2015
Grape Varieties:
Sauvignon Blanc 100% Colour: White Wine
Alcohol Level: 12.5%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock


Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
Domaine des Bois Vaudons is located south of Blois in the Touraine region. Representing the third generation of family wine making at the estate, Jean-Francois Merieau took the reins in 2000 after returning from a wine making stint in South Africa. Merieau loves the work of the land and he's now in the process of ing to organic farming and is slowly but surely moving to hand culture in his 35ha vineyard. One of the new stars in the Loire, Jean-Franois breaks the mould and is one of the few artisans to really champion the Touraine AOC. He believes his organic approach and patience with his wines will help to put them wines on the same level as more prestigious appellations. These Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from vines aged between 15 to 65 year old. L'Arpent des Vaudons offers aromatic clean flavours with apple and pink grapefruit tones. Balanced and pure with fruit that has finesse and energy complemented by a great minerality on the palate with notes of fresh cut grass. Delivers sheer pleasure. Made to go with shellfish, fish, chicken or any spicy dishes, like curry. And don't forget that it is also gorgeous on its own and only 12%vol.
❝L'Arpent des Vaudons" is a fine example of Loire Sauvignon, one that bears the clear marks of ambitious winemaking.❞ Sean Gilley

The Domaine
The quality of Jean-Francois Merieau's wines stands head and shoulders above any Touraine Sauvignon Blanc anyone in the collective wisdom of Cream and beyond have ever tasted. While Touraine is a large region including the appellations of Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon and many others, it is also an appellation in itself, planted mostly to Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Malbec. Most Touraine is mass-produced, harvested by machine, and of little interest. One of the new stars in the Loire, Jean-Francois Merieau breaks the mold and is one of the few artisans to really champion this AOC. He believes his organic approach and patience with his wines will help to put these wines on the same level as more prestigious appellations. Instead of blending his wines, he produces most of the varietals with which he works in single varietal bottlings, often from a single parcel. To judge by his rich, leesy and varietally expressive Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, he has already achieved this. His sparkling wine, produced from Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc, is aged like Champagne, sur lie (on its yeast).

"If you’d asked me a few weeks ago which style of wine I was least likely to feature as the first recommendation in this new weekly slot, I might well have said Sauvignon Blanc. The Irish market has been awash with it for years, plenty of it tasting more like an exotic fruit salad than a wine.
And then along comes this Loire beauty, so crisp, precise and invigorating that it would be madness to pass it by. Made by an ambitious young producer, it has the same, flinty underpinning as a good Sancerre – at half the price. Delicious as an apéritif or with light first courses; a tomato salad (now that the season is upon us) or any dish featuring creamy goat’s cheese will be difficult to beat."
Mary Dowey, The Gloss Magazine - September 2015

"Jean-François is the third generation of Mérieau to run this estate in the Loire valley. The fourth generation is in place, with the birth of Jean in 2007. Let us hope he is as talented a winemaker as his father, who releases a series of really well-made, reasonably-priced red, white and sparkling wines, including this Sauvignon Blanc. It is fresh and fluid with lovely plump quince and peach fruits. It is dry but never rasping. Drink it as an aperitif, with salads, fresh goat’s cheese or anything fishy."
John Wilson, Irish Times - May 2015

Food Pairing
Seafood, poultry, goat's cheese.

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