Cheverny: Great Values from France​

by Russ Anderson on April 5, 2017

1a​Cheverny is one of France’s newer AOC regions, being established in 1993. Before then, it was known in wine circles as a source of tremendous value where the wines are similar in style to Sancerre but much cheaper. This value proposition continues as you can see in today’s offer. Wines from the region are based on some of the most popular grapes in the wine world; Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay even some Malbec which is known as Cot in the Loire.

Domaine du Salvard has been a working domaine since 1898 and is now run by the fifth generation of the Delaille family. As the importer notes, they produce wines “that are both simple and elegant.” Here, the word ‘simple’ should be understood to mean easy drinking and straight forward, not lacking in complexity. These wines are a regular at summer get togethers where you want a nice and delicious wine to simply pair with the food and the occasion, not to dominate it.

Cheverny Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay) $15
Cheverny Rosé (Pinot Noir and Gamay) $15
Cheverny Rouge (Pinot Noir and Gamay) $15
Salvard Unique Sauvignon Blanc (100%) $15
Salvard Unique Pinot Noir (100%) $16

As you can see from the prices above, I am not sure you can find wines of higher quality at a better price. The rosé was extremely popular at last weeks Kermit Lynch tasting while the Unique wines, both the Sauvignon Blanc and the Pinot Noir, have been consistently popular in the store. The Cheverny Blanc is crisp, bright and energetic with just a touch of mid-palate weight from the Chardonnay while the “Unique” Sauvignon Blanc has a bit more weight and a touch of grapefruit on the palate. The Cheverny Rouge has a nice richness full of red currants and cherry fruit while the “Unique” Pinot Noir is a velvety fresh fruit easy drinking pleasure.

(Note: And for the truly curious, we also have a few bottles of Cour-Cheverny (only 48 hectares) in the store. This wine is even less known and can only be produced from the Romorantin grape. So, if you want to try a different grape and region this wine has a bit more texture and apricot notes than the bright Sauvignon Blanc based wines above. Not better, just different.)

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