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Fresh, vibrant and friendly Loire sauvignon blanc made in the Touraine-style and at a great price, from the Bougrier family.
Product Code: LO16271
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Maison Bougrier is a successful family-owned négociant company in the Loire founded in 1885 now run by the fifth generation of Bougriers. The company has significant domaine and winery holdings in three major areas: Touraine, Anjou and Muscadet giving it full control over vineyards, grapes and production in a number of sites. The Touraine area produces whites from both chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc grape varieties. Bougrier’s premium white from Touraine is made from 100% sauvignon blanc grapes and was originally labelled for us as The Society’s Touraine Sauvignon, now sold under the Les Hauts Lieux label. Domaine Guénault is one of the family’s own properties and situated on steep slopes overlooking the Cher river, which gives the grapes excellent sun exposure. The sauvignon here is grassy and scented and a popular choice as an aperitif.
The Loire is the longest river in France, stretching some 1,000km from its source in the south to the Atlantic coast a little west of Nantes. At times majestic, never more so than when overlooked by one of the many spectacular châteaux that lie close to its banks, it was in the past a vital trade waterway. Today, it is better known as a tourist destination. Throughout, the river has been a key factor in the production of wine, whether as a transport route, as a supply of water, for its cooling effects on the surrounding land, or for the mist that often lingers along parts of the valley and helps in the production of many of the fine sweet wines that the Loire Valley is famous for.The geology and climate - the terroir - varies dramatically along the length of the Loire, and, as a result, so too does the choice of grapes planted and the style of wines produced.Red wines are in the minority but a combination of vastly improved husbandry over the last few years coupled with what looks increasingly to be the effects of climate change have made these wines more and more attractive. The main varieties are:Gamay produces wines akin to Beaujolais in the south; in the Touraine, gamay generally has less overt fruit and a slightly earthy character which is not unattractive with food but some will find an acquired taste.Cabernet franc, one of Bordeaux’s grapes, is normally grown here as a single varietal. At its best it has a lovely fragrance and freshness with a good, gentle tannin structure, making it the ideal lunchtime red.Pinot noir is the most delicate of the Loire’s red grapes, producing excellent rosé as well as fine reds that can rival good village Burgundy (more Côte de Beaune than Côte de Nuits in style).Whites are made principally from three single grape varieties. Muscadet, or melon de Bourgogne as it is still sometimes called in France, dominates in the far west, producing fresh, dry, sappy wines that are at their best with seafood.Chenin blanc covers much of the vineyard land around and between Angers and Tours, and is responsible for the Loire’s sweet wines as well as some excellent - and quite varied - dry ones. Many develop greater finesse and complexity with age, but chenin is a grape that requires patience and understanding as, more than any other variety, it can pass through a rather ungenerous "closed" phase, only to blossom again later. Something Noël Pinguet of Domaine Huet likens to the unresponsive teenage years of our children.Sauvignon blanc offers important volumes of good, everyday drinking in the Touraine region but produces its best examples in the Central Vineyards of Sancerre and Pouilly and its near neighbours Menetou-Salon, Reuilly, and Quincy. Loire sauvignon is rarely oaked and is normally fresh, grassy, bone dry and lightly aromatic, making it the perfect wine to serve with fish.Other than the grape, two other key factors should influence your choice of Loire wines. Far and away the most important is the name of the producer. Buy from a trusted, ideally tried and tested source and you will not be disappointed in quality terms.The other major influence in the Loire is the style and quality of the vintage. As one of France’s most northerly wine producing regions, and even with the apparent effects of climate change, the Loire does suffer from the vagaries of the weather, which means that the quality and even more the style of the harvest can vary quite significantly.As a very rough rule of thumb, if we have poor spring and summer weather in the UK then chances are there will have been similarly poor weather in the Loire. On these occasions it is all the more important to stick to growers you trust, read whatever information you have easy access to in order to better inform your choice, and be prepared to adapt to sometimes significant shifts in style. 2005 and 2006 were warm, healthy vintages with ripe fruit and lower acidity, producing more approachable wines. 2007 and 2008 mark a return to much more typical, classically styled Loire vintages with wines that are lighter in body (and alcohol) and with much fresher acidity. If you are lucky you will enjoy both, but many will have a strong preference for one style over another.
"Crisp but rounded, with typical Loire SB grassy notes and a hint of melon. Good for everyday drinking and with fish/ seafood.
Excellent value too. "
I would recommend this wine
"Excellent quality and character for the price. Good fresh Sauvignon Blanc style. Very enjoyable."
I would recommend this wine
"This wine has the classic SB grassy nose, but the taste is dominated by sharp and overpoweringly lemony flavours. It's a pleasant enough drink at a good price and would probably be OK at a party, but it doesn't have the minerality that I'd associate with a Touraine. Not a bad aperitive nonetheless. Best served cool, but not straight from the fridge."
"Absolutely gorgeous understated Sauvignon. A really crisp wine with excellent fruit and marvellous acidity. Perfect with Shellfish. Almost Sancerre like. Marvellous."
"Crisp but rounded, with typical Loire SB grassy notes and a hint of melon. Good for everyday drinking and with fish/ seafood.
Excellent value too. "
The Independent 20th Mar 2021
great spring, screw-capped fridge door white ... a refreshing aperitif. - Terry Kirby"
"I love this wine, especially at this price. The only guilt I feel in drinking it, even on "every day" week nights relates to calorie intake!"
Mrs Jacqueline Clarke (29-Jan-2021)
Miss Camille Reyes (16-Jan-2021)
"This is a lovely light, fresh Sauvignon Blanc that is VERY drinkable (we found it a little too drinkable...) . Great balance to the taste at an excellent price."
Mr James Burke (02-Dec-2020)
"Excellent for everyday drinking, great value. Not sure how the bottle empties so quickly..."
Mr Matt Jefferson (20-Nov-2020)
"Good everyday Sauvignon Blanc from the lovely Loire. Easy unpretentious drinking. Good value "
Sir Peter Duffell (16-Nov-2020)
"Excellent dry sauvignon, now my go to everyday white"
Mr S M Pickard (19-Oct-2020)
Mr Norman R Burden (15-Oct-2020)
"Ok but pretty forgettable."
Mr Chris Thorpe (07-Oct-2020)
"I have tried a number of Bougrier whites now and they are all decent drinkable wines.
This is an uncomplicated Sauvignon Blanc with a nice balance of fruit and acidity. Perfect for everyday drinking and I'd think a good match for oysters and other raw seafood. It has no pretensions to greatness, but it does taste like a wine made with care and a desire to get the best from the grapes.
I'll be buying more."
Ms Carole Flint (01-Oct-2020)
"Cheap and very cheerful. "
Mr Andrew J Glen (30-Sep-2020)
"A pleasant unassuming wine which is excellent value though I doubt whether it deserves four stars."
Mr Neil Butter (29-Aug-2020)
"Great with smoked salmon risotto - what one reviewer described as its petillance works well for us. Very good at this price"
Mr David Heslop (22-Aug-2020)
"good value, fruity Loire SB"
Mr Alastair Allan (13-Aug-2020)
"I totally love the 12%. This is a clean light SB that goes down a treat. A lovely fresh midweek tipple. Am just about to order more. Going to say the same about their Chardonnay."
Mr Peter Berman (11-Aug-2020)
"A chance purchase that pleased greatly. Fresh and tasty with a flavour that lingers, a wonderful surprise find. Ordered more! Drank on a hot summer evening with salad, superb! Oh, a surprising price too!"
Mr Andrew G Proctor (10-Aug-2020)
"I was a little taken aback by the slight petillance of the 2019, which I hadn't noticed in the previous year's wine. Nevertheless a well priced everyday SB."
Mr Maurice Gran (25-Jul-2020)
"Great value for money. Gluggable on its own or with food. Uncomplicated dry Sauvignon. Tastes more expensive than it is."
Ms Suzanne Hutt-Williams (21-Jul-2020)
"Lockdown has definitely led to an increase in our wine consumption and led to perhaps what might be thought of as a 'French' approach to drinking wine with a meal i.e. everyday! This white fits the bill very well and I'll soon be ordering another case, maybe two. One aspect of inexpensive wines is that you then appreciate more expensive, more complex wines all the more. However having said that this is excellent value and one of the better 'inexpensive' whites I have of late from the WS, a straight uncomplicated Sauvignon Blanc. The only downside I've found is that it is very drinkable!"
Mr Graham Syms (28-Jun-2020)
"Good value sauvignon blanc with a hint of petillance and a nod to the more forthright characteristics of the Southern Hemisphere sauvignons. I bought the Touraine Sauvignon Blanc at the same time, since several reviews make comparisons. I like both wines, but they are noticeably different, with the Touraine being more subtle and refined and this wine being more New World. I would happily drink both again though."
Mr John Lay (25-Jun-2020)
"Lightweight and refreshing summer wine with a little petillance. A palate of grapefruit and honeydew melon spring from the glass. Good value at this price point."
Mr Peter Fletcher (24-Jun-2020)
"I bought a dozen of these on spec and was very pleasantly surprised. It is very refreshing and full of flavour.
I am ordering some more .
Dr Myles G Smith (18-Jun-2020)
"Not as dry as I expected. Too fruity for me on nose and aftertaste."
Mr John Oakley (11-Jul-2020)
"This wine lacks the ‘in-yer-face’ of the New World SBs so it gets a few stars for that. It is a gentle aromatic wine with some finish if allowed to breathe for a while. So I consider this wine a delightful aperitif as well as a food wine and I shall be buying more for the coming summer. I shall also be exploring other Loire SBs."
Mr Bill George (30-Jan-2020)
"Really nice wine. Nothing sharp and a pretty classic Sauvignon Blanc. Very good at this price... feels like something that should be dearer. "
Mrs Helen Fitzpatrick (04-Jan-2020)
"My Christmas Sauvignon, clear and crisp , great value at this price point."
Mr Andrew McManus (05-Dec-2019)
"A rather pleasant Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire, ordered a couple of bottles to try and not disappointed. At this price point an excellent summer evening glass (or three...) like others I will gladly order more. "
Mr David Welland (23-Jul-2019)
"Serve nicely chilled as the drink of the day. Not that special but at the price it's hard to beat. Just ordered loads more."
Mr Robin Villiers (16-Jul-2019)
"We found this a pretty good average Sauvignon. Nothing special but a good home drinking bottle. I have just ordered some more"
Mr Nicholas Cambrook (03-Apr-2019)
The Observer (23rd Jun 2019)
"You don’t need to buy
from the Loire’s more glamorous addresses to find authentic and evocative
sauvignon character. The Val de Loire appellation, which covers 14 departments
along the Loire, varies in quality, but offers some bargains, such as Famille
Bougrier’s lipsmackingly fruity bottling, with its elderflower flavours. - David Williams"
Mr Alan E Sullivan (14-Mar-2019)
"Light, fresh and zesty....fridge-door white contender, and definitely aperitif material."
"Rich fruity and fresh. Excellent value and easy drinking while full of flavour. I agree with Dr Tunnard, though, that the Touraine "Les Hauts Lieux' has more character if you don't mind the higher price."
Dr David Rickeard (08-Mar-2019)
"This wine satisfies my need for Loire Sauvignon at a bargain price! Delicious, intense and fruity and well balanced. For this money I wouldn't be able to justify spending any more for everyday drinking."
Mr Stephen A B Mitchell (28-Feb-2019)
"Quality everyday SB at a very reasonable price. Not exceptional but way above average at this price point; does exactly what you'd expect, and a bit more. I find that the true French sauvignons go for a bit more than this in the supermarket, so I'd consider this great value."
Mr Patrick Vickers (17-Feb-2019)
"Impressive SB from the Loire for such a comparatively low cost. WIll buy again"
Mr Jolyon Barraclough (11-Feb-2019)
"For this price, an excellent white. Hints of pineapple and passion fruit but also a pleasant saline minerality. That said, the Touraine from Famille Bougrier is substantially better, and not much more expensive."
Dr Richard Tunnard (11-Jan-2019)
"Typically french SB at a bargain price - bone dry & crisp with just enough fruit. Fantastic value!"
Mr Graham Horsley (17-Dec-2018)
"I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. Good acidity and balance. A 3* wine but gets a bonus point for being great value. Best SB I have had at this price point"
Mr Bob White (20-Sep-2018)
"I first tasted this wine at one of the Society's informal tasting evenings and I was astonished by the sheer drinkability of this very low-priced SB. You get the typical SB nose of nettles and cat's pee but they are not too dominant. For me there were wonderfully refreshing grapefruit and passion fruit flavours in the mouth but there wasn't a particularly long finish (what do we expect for £6.50?). IMHO, this wine represents fantastic value. I ordered six bottles after the tasting and will soon be ordering another dozen. "
Mr Terry McAuliffe (19-May-2018)
"Good price for a light easy drinking, crisp and fruity wine"
Mr Jamie Arbuthnot (10-May-2018)
"Enjoyed this on a Friday evening whilst watching TV. Having just finished a week of night shifts. Really enjoyed and the price makes it a must buy for a quiet night in."
Mr Nigel Burgin (08-Oct-2017)
"Obviously for the price you cannot argue much with this and was absolutely fine to drink. I think I was slightly disappointed only because after being to Loire over last New Year's celebrations, my wife and I had a great time driving round stocking up for the journey home. We were mainly given 2015 vintage with some 2014 offered where they were older vines. I think it is fair to say that I agree 100% when I read on here that the vintage makes a huge difference for this area. I find this to be true particularly when drinking a sav blanc or pinot. I am yet to taste a 2016 vintage of either of these grapes that lives up to the bottles we tried from 2015 or 2014.
This is a good value for money wine but holds nothing more than that and I am sure it is because of the vintage rather than anything else."
Mr Charles A Sturt (24-Aug-2017)
"Colour: Vivid, pale lemon with tinges of green.
Aroma: Unripe citrus fruits, grass and melon.
Taste: Dry, fresh, crisp, good acidity but not too tart. Not much complexity, just subtle lemony and saline flavours with a nice mineral edge.
Overall: Another bargain from one of my favourite wine regions. I really enjoyed this as thankfully it is not as pungent and fruit forward as New World Sauv Blancs. Clean, zesty, crisp and acidic with everything is in moderation, nothing over-powering. Also, a steal at under £6 so I would highly recommend."
Mr Gabriel Higgins (28-Jul-2017)
"I like this wine. I am quite a fan of Loire wines and this slips down very nicely. Good value for everyday drinking."
Mrs Margaret Wallace (15-Aug-2016)
"First bottle of my first order from the WS from my Loire Valley taster case. Drank on a sunny bank holiday evening in Holt, Norfolk. Bliss. In those circumstances anything would be good but we loved this wine! Light, smooth and fruity. Will probably be ordering a case anytime soon! Think we need to head to Nantes too and check this valley out fully!"
Mr David Wright (28-Aug-2015)
"First try of this wine, bought mainly for my partner, a SB fan. As an aperitif it was 'ok', quite smooth with that distinctive SB edge, though not as sharp and steely as some can be. Just had it with a pasta meal (leeks, cheese, bacon...) and was lovely - clean, smooth and very enjoyable. So, would recommend as a food wine, but not really my glass as an aperitf. Interesting comment from the previous reviewer saying the 2014 is sharper than the 2013. Pity I didn't get to try the previous vintage! My personal view, lovely with food, a bit sharp on it's own. But then, with white wine I tend to prefer a smoother wine such as Bordeaux/Graves/Burgundy or sunnier southern French. Different strokes...."
Mr Mark Chandler (28-Jul-2015)
"Sharper than the 2013. Tastes greener and not as good as the 2013 overall, shame. Was a brilliant buy at £5.95 - but will be upping the game to Coteaux du Giennois Blanc Domaine de Villargeau 2014 this year..."
Mr David Vasey (23-Jul-2015)
"Bought this regularly. Easy drinking and close to a Touraine.Everyone likes it."
Mr Peter Coffey (03-Dec-2014)
"It has an appealing, lovely gooseberry flavour and is more subtle than the New Zealand sauvignon blancs.
Philip Barrington (12-Aug-2014)
The Field (22nd Nov 2014)
wonderfully versatile stand-by white. - Jonathan Ray"
"Cracker of a wine for the price. Very good flavour."
Ms Rachelle Turk (11-Dec-2013)
"Great bargain. Label claims grapefruit, mineral nose and off-dry (rather than bone dry) palate, all of which are true. It's also quite round and satisfying."
Professor John L Moles (01-Oct-2013)
"Classic French sauvignon, something new world don't seem to be able to achieve"
Mr D R Donald (31-Aug-2013)
"Lovely example and great value. Superb as an aperitif as well as with food (in our case a stir fry). Clean, crisp and refreshing, will undoubtedly reorder."
Mr Brian Kain (17-Aug-2013)
F Nicholas Reed Esq (13-Aug-2013)
"This is now my number one white everyday wine. Dinners, BBQ's, easy drinking anytime you like - absolutely superb. Crisp, dry, melon, lemons and gooseberries - love it. Ridiculous price - proof that we can get super wine in the UK at small prices."
Mr David Vasey (01-Aug-2013)
Mr Will Aitken (03-Jun-2013)
"A fantastic wine for the price, melon, green grass just off dry Sauvignon a huge hit at our annual May BBQ. This is stunning value and will be my 'house' white for the summer."
Mr Bryan Smith (13-May-2013)
"A very good Sauvignon. Fruity with a fine finish. Excellent with seafood."
Dr Yun Lee Too (07-Feb-2013)
"When it comes to Sauvignon Blanc I normally rush to the New World finding products from France rather boring and lacking in zing and freshness. Then I tried this little beauty. Not a great wine but a surprisingly full and bright mouthful. At this price no-one should resist a try."
Mr David Garwood (01-Jan-2013)
"A very enjoyable sauvignon, excellent value for money."
Mr Andrew Peters (26-Oct-2012)
"This Sauvignon was refreshing and excellent as an aperitif and with pasta or fish. In the past I have bought white wine from the southern hemisphere but I am now converted back to the French variety. This wine is excellent value for money."
Mr Peter Roe (12-Oct-2012)
"A delicious sauvignon with the characteristic sauvignon flavours but not over the top, well balanced. Excellent with or without food."
Mr Alexander Morris (28-Sep-2012)
"We used to be fans of Sauvignon Blanc but lost our enthusiasm after bottle after bottle of thin nothingness. Thank you Bougrier and the Society for restoring our faith in the grape and the region.
Mr James S Ross (27-Sep-2012)
"This was part of my first order from the society and I'm impressed! A wonderful bottle to come home to after work on a hot, sunny Friday. Met my expectations, based on what I've read about the Loire; little of the fruit and citrus I'm used to from Southern Hemisphere sauvignons. Black pepper on the nose, and refreshing, cleansing acidity in the mouth. Wonderful companion to a ricotta and courgette tart baked by one of my housemates. A terrific bargain."
Mr Maxfield Waterman (25-May-2012)
"Certainly very dry- leaning towards acidity in places- but this is no terrible thing. Definite lemon flavours and clear aromas make this well worth the price."
Mr Dan Peachey (26-Jan-2012)
"Just about to sit down to a fish pie and finish off the last of the bottle - crisp and fruity - just as a Sauvignon should be"
Reverend Frank Parr (22-Dec-2011)
"I think this is a great little wine. The acidity is very turned down, and has lovely applely and lemon overtones. For 6 quid I think its a lovely table wine for a Thursday night with a simple fish dish."
Mr Peter J Hunt (18-Dec-2011)
"Great value for money at £5.95. I quite like this wine for being light, apple/lemony/floral, some acidity, easy to drink, for being a restained Loire sauvignon rather than a smack in the face new world."
Mr James Paterson (03-Dec-2011)
"Not much going on here. Very thin, very light indeed. Tastes more like lemon flavoured water with the tiniest whiff of apple on the mid-palate. This certainly won't offend anyone but is quite devoid of personality. Could even be an English wine (!). A questionable buy even at six quid."
Mr William Davies (01-Dec-2011)
"This bottle of wine is typical of Sauvignon Blanc grown in the Touraine region. Although not as refined as a Sancerre, Pouilly Fume or even Menetou-Salon, it is still a good expression of the grape and represents real value for money."
Mr Nigel Davies (17-May-2011)
"This is not too bad at all. Quite high acidity but enough fresh melon, gooseberries and citrus zing on the palate to cling on to. Pretty, refreshing; overall a solid entry-level Sauvignon."
Mr William Davies (23-Feb-2011)
"Wow -- this is a really good value Sauvignon with just the right amount of fruit and acidity. This is one to try if you are a Sauvignon lover, but don't care for the New Zealand overly floral style, or don't feel the pocket will stretch to a Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé."
T Penn Esq (10-Sep-2010)
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