Light lemon yellow in colour with gooseberry and sherbet lemon perfume on the nose. Attractive depth on the palate with a lively, green apple and citrus fruit character offset by a lovely mineral tone which puts this wine amongst the classic Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire Valley.
Sébastien Vaillant is one of the two members (the other is his friend Damien Boisseur) of the Vignerons de Valençay co-operative, making it the smallest of its kind in the Loire, and possibly in France. Their 100% Sauvignon Blanc IGP Val de la Loire represents phenomenal value. Sébastien learnt his winemaking craft as cellar manager for Jean Tatin at Domaine des Ballandors in Quincy. He then returned to his family domaine at Valençay, in the western part of the Loire’s Central Vineyards. The 40 hectares of vineyard are located on the hillsides surrounding the River Cher. They share much of the same Silex flint soils that make the finest of the Loire’s wines, and impart an excellent minerality to the wine.