Domaine Beauséjour Les Grenettes 2013
Wine: Domaine Beauséjour Les Grenettes
Region: Touraine, Loire Valley
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Is it just me, or is there a sauvignon blanc renaissance happening? Or maybe it's always been the "it" grape and I've just begin to notice again how lovely and enticing a good sav blanc can be. To be honest, it's never been a favorite grape of mine, except Sancerre (and only on occasion), but lately I've tasted so damn many good ones, it would seem I'm turning a corner. The Domaine Beauséjour Les Grenettes Sauvignon Blanc2013 from Touraine is way up at the top of current favorites.
Phillipe Trotignon took over Domaine Beauséjour in 2002 and has since become a name in the Touraine region of the Loire Valley. His vineyards are carefully managed with great respect for the environment in both the short and long term. The grapes in this cuvée come from a single 12 hectare vineyard with 25 year old vines on hillsides in chalky-clay and sandy-flint soils. Phillipe says the differing soils bring two distinct qualities to the wine: the first, volume and richness; the second, striking acidity. The wine also spends a little time on its lees, and I suspect that too adds to the voluptuous mid-palate that sets it apart from every other sav blanc I've tasted in a while.
Ripe summer fruits, a floral note and hint of lemon herb aromas greet the nose, followed on the palate with peach flavors and vibrant acidity. But there's also a richness in the mid-palate where the acidity mellows and an alluring texture takes it to another level altogether. Then the flavors rejoin for a balanced and lasting finish. It's the sav blanc for non-sav drinkers that will change minds. It did mine.
Pair with light fare, cheese, friends or keep it to yourself. You deserve it.