Domaine Saint Roch Touraine Sauvignon 2018
Denis Bardon runs now his family Estate. With almost 40 hectares of vineyards, Domaine Saint Roch produces a variety of wines offering great value from their vines planted in mainly clay and flint soils with some limestone. The estate pratices sustainable viticulture. Attentive work in the vineyard, selective pruning, and perfectly ripened grapes are the motto for Denis Bardon, who makes wines with balance, good acidity and typical Loire-Valley wine characteristics.
The estate got its name from the patron saint of the church in the Bardon’s hometown of Meusnes, also the patron saint of stonemakers. Due to his family’s long history in stone and flint production, Denis Bardon thought it the perfect name to represent the wines under his Touraine label.
Stretching east along the steep banks of the Loire River, Touraine is a major part of the Middle Loire. Soil variations of clay, sand, tuffeau and gravel throughout its subregions support both white and red varieties. Chinon and Bourgueil remain the source of Loire’s finest Cabernet Franc; various styles of the most outstanding Chenin blanc come from Vouvray and Montlouis.
Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.