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Six fine sauvignons case
This very vintage, judged at the peak of its powers last year, proved yet another Wine Championship shoo-in for 2021. From a property better known for its sweet wines, its cassis-leaf and white-peach notes, now with a little added weight on the finish, cry out for good food and company.
Zesty, smart and refreshing New Zealand sauvignon from two Marlborough legends, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. This is full of life and the perfect pick-me-up, with notes of lemon and a hint of gooseberry on the nose and a fresh, focused and grippy apple and lemon-laden palate.
This fine Loire sauvignon is grown on ancient soils with a high proportion of marine fossils (hence the name), which imbue the wine with a sophisticated minerality with delightful fragrant white-flower and citrus notes.
Naturally full and ripe in 2018, this Loire classic has been carefully managed by Sophie Landrat-Guyollot to retain the mineral freshness we are used to: 100% from flint soils, aged on the fine lees as usual until bottling earlier in 2021.
Domaine Serge Laloue’s expression of the warm 2020 vintage was a noteworthy Wine Champions stand-out this year, offering great concentration and ripeness but also delicate white-flower aromas and freshness. An impeccably judged Sancerre.
This smart South African sauvignon, from Tokara's own vineyard in the Elgin Highlands, won the 12th Concours Mondial du Sauvignon this year: cool-climate southern hemisphere sauvignon at its best.