Domaine de Villalin Quincy Sauvignon Blanc
Loire Valley, France
Tastes Like: Gooseberry, Lime, Melon, Grass
Domaine de Villalin is a lieu-dit, or single-vineyard named parcel, in Villalin. This tiny subsection of the Quincy appellation is in fact the area’s oldest zone, dating all the way back to the 12th century. Villalin is owned and operated by Maryline Smith, who focuses on producing wines using the most organic and natural methods possible. She picks all her grapes by hand, a time-consuming process that is a true rarity in the Loire Valley. A horse-drawn plow is the only machinery in the vineyard, and in the winery the wines are fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel. The Villalin parcel is considered to be one of the best in Quincy, with a sandy, gravelly soil type that adds extra minerality and complexity.
This Sauvignon Blanc smells a lot like a Sancerre, with classic aromas of gooseberry, lime, and melon on the nose. The palate is herbal, with grassy notes framing flavors of green apple and salt. This steely, mineral-driven wine saw no oak aging and was fermented with wild yeasts to promote its natural expression. Medium-bodied and tart, it shows a long, crisp finish. If you’ve got the patience to wait, it will age nicely over the next five years.