Cuvee Pointe d’agrumes, Touraine Sauvignon, 2013

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Cafe Sud in Tours: the Citrus Tip

A nice introduction to Tours and Touraine Sauvignon Blanc: tart, slight flowery nose, lots of Citrus and tropical flavours deserving of the  Agrum descriptor.

An interesting companion to the ambitious menu in Cafe Sud.

Francois Xavier Barc has assembled an interesting clutch of “accomplices” – winemakers devoted to styles indigenous to the Loire Valley:

Tasting notes here:


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Domaine du Haut Perron, Sauvignon, 2012, Guy Allion, Touraine, Val de Loire

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We enjoyed this. Best described by Oxford Wines:

“Superb and concentrated old vine Sauvignon Blanc with aromatic flavours of gooseberry and limes intermingled with superb touches of wet stone minerality. Guy and Cedric Allion of Domaine du Haut Perron have 23 hectares of vines on the wonderfully exposed slopes of the Cher’s right bank in the Loire Touraine Appellation. The soils here are clay and limestone embedded with flint which is known as ‘Perruches’ in the area. These flint deposits give their wines their trademark crisp minerality”

They do need to degreek their website!

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H de L’Hospitalet 2012 Sauvignon Maison Bertrand

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From O’Briens. We offered this to Joanne, Vincent, Leanore & Barry at our pre-wedding dinner party.

This is a solid and acceptable Sav Blanc.

Pale colour in the glass.

Very quaffable, almost Ronseal quality and was worthy of more reseach.

Their website states: “Rounded and fruity, this range of varietals typically reflects the Languedoc terroir and the Art de Vivre which Château l’Hospitalet embodies”

From O’Briens @ 9.99, from €13.99

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Marques del Turia Viura Sauvignon 2012

20130830-223656.jpg Very pale colour. Tart. Unremarkable with nothing distinctive on offer I thought, though Greg enjoyed it.

Blend of 80% Viura (also known as Macabeu (Catalan) / Macabeo which is the white grape of Rioja and widely used in the production of Cava) and 20% Sauvignon.
20130830-223723.jpg€24 in Bloom – I would have expected more given the credentials of the Winery. Good lunch special: spicy leek Bangers & Mash for Ian & Louis; a salad for Greg.