Villebois Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire 2020

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

If you love the crisp, racy, mineral focus of great Sancerre you have no doubt noticed the steady creep upwards in price as its popularity has exploded over the last few years. At the same time this expansion has ushered in an ocean of Sancerre that, politely said, is lacking the key elements that make true Sancerre so uniquely delicious. So if Sancerre disappears as fast at your house as it does at mine, the price presents a problem! In 2021 frost and freeze has caused widespread damage to the vineyards of the Loire, and shortages and price increases are on the way sooner than later!

Today we have the solution! A classic affordable alternative that offers much of the classic mineral laden focus and citrus intensity of many Sancerres selling for twice the price and more!

It is sourced from grapes grown on the Loire River banks on clay with flint soils, machine-picked at night to preserve the fruit flavors. Immediately after picking, the grapes are gently pressed and the juice is fermented traditionally in tanks for 15-21 days. To preserve its fermentation flavors, the newly-made wine is aged in stainless steel tanks on its fine lees for six months. It is bottled in the spring following the harvest.

The result is a wine with tons of classic Sauvignon Blanc varietal character shining through from the racy Loire terroir. Clear color with some green glints. Intense gooseberry and citrus notes on the nose. The palate bursts with a refreshing acidity and minerality throughout.



Country: France
Region: Loire
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Terroir: multiple parcels, varied exposure/soils


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