Two of the Wine World’s Most Popular Grapes Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc

by Russ Anderson on December 13, 2016

uniqueThe Salvards family has had a working estate in the Loire Valley since 1898. Today they make two delicious and I think beautifully labeled wines as well. Ever since a movie (Sideways), Pinot Noir has gained in popularity but also price. The estate is in the Cheverny AOC which was just recently created in 1993. Before that, the region and the estate were known for some of the best VDQS or “table wines” in the area.

The thing I like the best about both these wines is that they have a natural richness that doesn’t leave them heavy on their “feet” or on my palate. They have a clean finish but rich notes of either red currants and dried cherries (Pinot Noir) or nice citrus notes, lemon verbena and grapefruit (Sauvignon Blanc). More importantly these wines are priced in a way that allows you to serve some high quality wines to large groups of family and friends over the holidays. These are fast becoming store standards.

Rich fruit notes and a smooth mid-palate make this a crowd pleasing treat of a wine. Many Pinot Noirs today almost taste like Cabernets, this wine is nicely rich while maintaining the elegance the grape is known for and has just a hint of Burgundy about it. Very nice ripe fruit structure too, a value at $16.

​A true neighboring cousin to the Loire’s more famous region of Sancerre.​ Lot of ripe citrus notes and some ripe red grapefruit notes as well. Again easy drinking and perfect for cocktail party appetizers. Another value at $15.

And, in the holiday spirit, I will offer 10% 6 to 11 bottles and 15% off 12 bottles or more – mix and match between these two and the Bohigas Cava as you would like. Just email what you would like.

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