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Cheverny L'Héritière, Domaine du Salvard 2015

White Wine from France - Loire
An extraordinary Loire white made from very old sauvignon blanc vines, late picked and fermented long and slow. Its richness, breadth, stone fruit flavour and silky texture, supported by a strong seam of acidity, is more suggestive of Anjou chenin than sauvignon. A rare and fabulous food wine.(Please note that this wine has been bottled without a capsule so that the natural cork is visible.)
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Code: LO14421

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 14% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2023
  • Cork, natural

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 2015

Two great vintages in a row and throughout the Loire Valley is an unexpected bonus and another year that’s good for reds is great news. The whites have the freshness of 2014 but are a little more sweeter-fruited and friendlier, with a little less acidity than the more classic 2014s. In Vouvray there hasn’t been a vintage since 1997 to have the level and quality of nobly-rotted grapes for making moelleux-style wines.

Muscadet, which is at last seeing the first signs of revival after many years in the doldrums with investment from both new, young and seasoned, well-established growers, fared well. 2015 is a little lower in acidity than 2014, though without the atypical richness of 2009 and 2010, and many will prefer it.

The lower acidity throughout the valley in 2015 has produced earlier-drinking, friendlier wines across all grape varieties, but early tastings suggested no loss of the Loire’s appetising food-friendliness.

2015 vintage reviews

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