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Augis Valencay Sauvignon Blanc 2014**** 750ml 2005
Sku: 46597
Five generations of the Augis family have made wine in central France’s Loire Valley. Today, Phillipe Augis farms a mere four hectares within the tiny Valencay AOC near the hamlet o ...more
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Five generations of the Augis family have made wine in central France’s Loire Valley. Today, Phillipe Augis farms a mere four hectares within the tiny Valencay AOC near the hamlet of Meusnes on the gentle slopes just south of the Cher River, a Loire tributary. This is about as far west as Sauvignon Blanc is successfully grown in the Loire region. Pouilly and Sancerre are more than 60 miles to the east, but Valençay shares many of the same characteristics as those more famous appellations, especially the clay and silex soils, which give the wines a strong mineral backbone. Similarly, Phillipe’s Valençay is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, opens with gentle aromas of quince and fresh peaches, and then turns more citrusy than tropical on the palate. Fermentation in two to five-year-old oak barrels imparts structure, roundness and complexity. The combination of bright flavors, weightiness and mineral tang make for an exciting package, one that would be the perfect partner to the region’s superb goat cheese and most seafood dishes, but one that really calls out to be savored alone as the ideal summer aperitif. $1