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Cheverny, Domaine du Salvard 2017

White Wine from France - Loire
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A perennial favourite from the Delaille family, yet Cheverny is still something of an insider’s secret - and likely to remain so with 50% of the crop lost to frost here in 2017. This Loire appellation stipulates majority sauvignon with a little chardonnay, and it works. The wine is as bright and delicious as ever with its aromas of white flowers and hints of lime, refreshing and balanced on the palate.
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Code: LO13871

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Twin top

Domaine du Salvard

This is a small family estate close to the famous Loire valley châteaux of Chenonceaux, Chambord and Cheverny, the last of which gives its name to a gem among the Loire’s 60 wine appellations. The Delaille family at Domaine du Salvard produce some of Cheverny’s best wines.

Maurice Delaille bought this property in 1900, replanting the vineyards and modernising the estate, and it has since passed through five generations of the family. It is currently run by brothers Emmanuel and Thierry, who manage winemaking and marketing respectively, and who have both become great ambassadors for Cheverny.

The Cheverny appellation is a thoroughly rural spot a little east of Blois, with its vineyards scattered around the village of the same name, and its wines are required to be a blend dominated by sauvignon blanc with some chardonnay. Since Maurice’s day, the vineyards have expanded from 10 to 42 hectares, 90% of which are sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, with a small amount of pinot noir and gamay for the domaine’s red wine production.

Domaine du Salvard’s vines are planted on hillsides of flint, clay and quartz silt soils and have an average age of 20 years. They are machine-harvested early to retain the grapes’ vibrant fruit character, before being transferred to the family’s modern winery, where they are fermented at cool temperatures in stainless-steel tanks. This, too, ensures the sauvignon’s fruity nature is emphasised, with the small amount of chardonnay in the blend giving added...
This is a small family estate close to the famous Loire valley châteaux of Chenonceaux, Chambord and Cheverny, the last of which gives its name to a gem among the Loire’s 60 wine appellations. The Delaille family at Domaine du Salvard produce some of Cheverny’s best wines.

Maurice Delaille bought this property in 1900, replanting the vineyards and modernising the estate, and it has since passed through five generations of the family. It is currently run by brothers Emmanuel and Thierry, who manage winemaking and marketing respectively, and who have both become great ambassadors for Cheverny.

The Cheverny appellation is a thoroughly rural spot a little east of Blois, with its vineyards scattered around the village of the same name, and its wines are required to be a blend dominated by sauvignon blanc with some chardonnay. Since Maurice’s day, the vineyards have expanded from 10 to 42 hectares, 90% of which are sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, with a small amount of pinot noir and gamay for the domaine’s red wine production.

Domaine du Salvard’s vines are planted on hillsides of flint, clay and quartz silt soils and have an average age of 20 years. They are machine-harvested early to retain the grapes’ vibrant fruit character, before being transferred to the family’s modern winery, where they are fermented at cool temperatures in stainless-steel tanks. This, too, ensures the sauvignon’s fruity nature is emphasised, with the small amount of chardonnay in the blend giving added weight and texture.
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Loire Valley Vintage 2017

After Jo Locke MW's usual quick visit at harvest time it was clear that 2017 would yield some excellent results. Following her regular February 2018 trip she was delighted to report that she couldn't remember when she was last so excited by a Loire vintage!

Muscadets are gorgeous across the board, and they are such adaptable wines and so light on the stomach. Central Vineyards sauvignons from Domaines Laloue (Exhibition Sancerre) and Riaux (Pouilly-Fumé) are delicious too, with ripeness and freshness in perfect balance. Go to Reuilly, Quincy, Chenonceaux, and Touraine sauvignons for value. Serious chenin lovers will need to wait a bit longer for the 2017s.

The reds have delightfully bright, generous fruit (though it is still early in their progress) which at harvest looked likely to be structured and concentrated as the berries were small and yielding less juice than expected. They have given wines with delightfully bright, generous fruit.

Daily Mail

This was one of the first wines I bought for a restaurant wine list nearly 30 years ago and it’s still a superstar. It packs more weight into its flavour than normal Loire sauvignons. 

- Matthew Jukes

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