A longtime favourite, and deservedly one of our bestsellers, the Sauvignon easily bucks the inclination the variety possesses when grown in the vast central Loire region to yield fruit which is somewhat lean, unripe and sharp. In fact it sits almost too comfortably beside our offerings from Sancerre and Pouilly, with its excellent ripeness, definition and surprising class. The Gamay too is delicious, and served chilled on lazy a summer afternoon is capable of being transcendently refreshing. The Cremant de Loire comprises Chardonnay and Pinot Noir raised by the Methode Traditionelle, the second fermentation in bottle. Fine moussed, with aromas of biscuits and citrus, finely balanced and graceful, it is markedly better than many a Champagne, well presented, and at the price represents an easy choice for any kind of gathering where budgets need to remain contained, and by way as an alternative to the dully ubuquitous Prosecco. Indeed all three wines represent consummate value. The domaine is run be Anne-Sophie Penet, the 5th generation of her family to do so, and her husband, Frederic Meurgey (whose familial and vinous origins lie in Burgundy) and the vineyards are located on the favoured argilo-sableux soils of the l’Oisly plateau, bordered on the south by the Cher River, and to the north by the Loire.
CHÂTEAU DE LA PRESLE, Oisly
|2019||SAUVIGNON DE TOURAINE||12.95||11.75|
|NV||CRÉMANT DE LOIRE||17.95||16.95|
|NV||MÉTHODE TRADITIONELLE Rosé||17.50||16.15|