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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2007
(search item no. 97133)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

"Unlike so many Touraine Sauvignons of this vintage that suffer from both diffusion and under-ripeness, the 2007 Touraine Sauvignon No. 2 from self-styled "natural" winemakers Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet is full of succulent pineapple, peach, and lemon; coats the palate with an almost oily texture yet an invigorating salty, chalky minerality; and finishes with a bitter-sweet, pungently herbal, nutty, tartly fruit skin cling that is bound to call forth the next sip. Enjoy this concentrated, focused gem over the next 12-18 months."
-Wine Advocate
My Notes:

About Clos Roche Blanche:

Touraine, a Loire Valley appellation, designates a rather large viticultural area around the city of Tours. The vineyards of Clos Roche Blanche, planted on the Touraine hills bordering the Cher river by the Roussel family at the end of the 19th century, have remained in the family since. Catherine Roussel took over this 28 hectare estate in 1975, and was later joined by Didier Barouillet, who tends the vineyards and makes the wines. Both are enthusiastic proponents of non-interventionist winemaking.

The soil is poor, mainly clay with flint over a limestone subsoil. The varietals grown are Gamay, Cot (or Auxerrois, the grape of Cahors) and Sauvignon Blanc. Roussel and Barouillet keep yields low by maintaining old vines, using organic fertilizers in moderation and growing grass between and plowing under the rows.

They converted the vineyards to organic farming over the past three years and the 1995 vintage bears the official "organic agriculture" accreditation. The vines are treated with copper and sulfur solutions, and plant decoctions (a mix of nettles and other herbs) used in bio-dynamic viticulture.

Neither Catherine nor Dider has studied oenology or viticulture. They both learned their trade in the vineyards and the cellar, searching for methods and techniques to make wines of exceptional character in an appellation of modest reputation.