While scanning twitter over the weekend, I spotted a story from the Daily Mail which said that although there are thousands of varieties to choose from, we Brits like to stick to buying wines made from just four grape types – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. “Wot no Sauv Blanc?” was my shocked reaction. The story is based on research done by Asda, but I would have bet my bottom dollar on Sauvignon Blanc being one of the UK’s “go-to” grapes. This is not just because me and my friends seems to drink a lot of this variety but because when I go to tastings there’s usually a long line of Sauv Blancs to try – and because my customers buy lots of it when I work in the shop.
Touraine Sauvignon Blanc Famille Bougrier 2011 is made by the fifth generation of these prolific producers, in the Touraine region of the Loire Valley. Under other labels, I’ve also tried their Sancerre and Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie both of which were very drinkable.
I really enjoyed this wine. It had everything I look for in a Sauv Blanc. Really zesty, fresh flavours and good (but not too harsh acidity). I didn’t get much of the passion fruit aroma and flavour you often get in a kiwi Sauv Blanc; instead there were delicate floral hints – maybe lily of the valley – on the nose. There are lots of fruity aromas and flavours but these are not tropical, more lemon and gooseberry. I also tasted an interesting bit of leafiness. Expect to savour the long lasting flavours, as there’s quite a lot going on here.
The alcohol level is 12.5%.
Touraine Sauvignon Blanc Famille Bougrier 2011 is available from Marks & Spencer. It costs £10.49. Maybe that’s a bit pricey for a midweek tipple but if you’re treating yourself, then I’d splash out on some smoked salmon to eat with it. Otherwise you can definitely enjoy a glass on its own. Very gluggable!
W.O.W. Factor 7.5