Henry Marionnet Domaine de la Charmoise Sauvignon Blanc 2014
The vineyards of the domaine were replanted and expanded between 1967 and 1978 by Henry Marionnet, who became a renowned figure in the region in the 1960s. One of the first producers to make truly honest Gamay here during a time of over-production, Henry had a very clear vision and style that carries through to this day. His plantings cover nearly 150 acres of Gamay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Henry’s son, Jean-Sébastien, has been working with his father since he was 10, and he has now taken over, bringing a new perspective to the estate. The Marionnet range has expanded to include Côt (Malbec) and Chenin Blanc, as well as some of the rarest varietals of the Loire, if not the entire world. Many of these vines are own-rooted, having been grafted from pre-phylloxera cuttings. The Premiere Vendage is a Gamay bottled without sulfur.The Provignage is made from ungrafted, 160-year-old Romorantin vines, planted before phylloxera. The Cépages Oubliés is made from the nearly obsolete clone of Gamay de Bouze.
Jean-Sébastien continues his father’s practices and vision, using neither chemicals, nor oak, and producing wines that are tasty, bright and fresh — a great glass of wine at a great value.
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.