Domaine Trotereau 'Tradition' 2014
Loire Valley - France
The wine's story
Sauvignon Blanc has risen in popularity over the past forty years or so to become one of the most popular, widely planted and recognisable grape varietals on earth. If you're a fan of this world-beating white wine grape, and are looking for a wine which will take you back to where it all started, then Domaine Trotereau might just be the one for you. You see, in the prestigious world of French wine, tradition is important. And there are few French wine appellations as traditional – or indeed, as pretty – as Quincy, which was the second appellation to be named and protected by French law after Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Domaine Trotereau is today one of the principal wineries in Quincy, and it continues to fly the flag for this small, beautiful appellation which – despite no longer enjoying the fame it once had – continues to produce remarkable examples of Sauvignon Blanc wine, made from vines which have recently passed their centenary year.
The vineyards of Domaine Trotereau are unlike any others on earth. They sit on soils composed of pink limestone, and the Sauvignon Blanc grapes which grow there do so in much the same way they would have done, when tended by the 12th century Cistercian monks who first cultivated them in Quincy. The unique terroir allows these grapes to reach a higher level of ripeness than is usually allowed in Sauvignon Blanc, while maintaining plenty of acidity, aroma and character. Domaine Trotereau's current chief vigneron, Pierre Ragon, is determined to continue in the footsteps of his forebears, and continue working with these remarkable vines with the lowest possible intervention. He's become something of an icon in Quincy due to his uncompromising approach, and his wines have been received to enormous praise, gaining him plenty of international attention in recent years. Sauvignon Blanc has risen in popularity over the past forty years or so to become one of the most popular, widely planted and recognisable grape varietals on earth. If you're a fan of this world-be... read more
The Loire Valley is THE ancestral home of Sauvignon Blanc, but the style is a little different to that of local examples - less up front fruit and more savoury notes with fine-boned acidity.
The region in question here is Quincy (pronounced Kants-Eee), and Domaine Trotereau is one of the most respected and traditional estates in this historic region.
Here, the Sauvignons are fine, elegant and racy. The main fruits are still in the tropical spectrum - guava and white peach, but there's an added layer of grapefruit and fresh grass. The texture is pulpy but then finishes on a crisp note, thanks to the limestone-heavy soils.
Really elegant stuff, properly dry and great drinking. The Loire Valley is THE ancestral home of Sauvignon Blanc, but the style is a little different to that of local examples - less up front fruit and more savoury notes with fine-boned acidity.
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Sauvignon Blanc is renowned as being one of the ultimate food pairing wines. Indeed, if you're eating a white meat, fish or vegetable based dish, and aren't sure what to drink it with, a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc such as this one from Domaine Trotereau is a fairly safe bet to go with. The herbaceous character of this wine is going to make it work well with any dish which features herbs as a principal flavour, and a fresh salad with peas, herbs, rocket and goats cheese is considered the classic pairing for this wine in the Loire Valley. However, it also works brilliantly with chicken, turkey and pork dishes, and almost any white fish. Sauvignon Blanc is as happy being paired with vegetables as it is with meat, and it matches up most beautifully with fatty, creamy vegetable dishes such as asparagus quiche or vegetable lasagne – give it a try, it's spectacular!
Click here for a recipe. Sauvignon Blanc is renowned as being one of the ultimate food pairing wines. Indeed, if you're eating a white meat, fish or vegetable based dish, and aren't sure what to drink it with, a Loire Vall... read more
Cellar Period: 3-5 years - This will improve over the next few years, but don't be afraid to open it today!
Alcohol Level: 13.00%