'Fabel Barbou', Domaine des Corbillieres, Touraine Oisly, Loire 2014

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'Fabel Barbou', Domaine des Corbillieres, Touraine Oisly, Loire 2014

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Once upon a time, you could show off your wine buff credentials in a restaurant by letting your finger slide down the wine list until it landed on a Menetou-Salon. An approving nod from the sommelier would be accompanied by gasps of admiration from your fellow diners. It was, in those days, the aficionado's choice in favour of Sancerre. Word soon spread, however, so it then fell upon the next village, Quincy, to become the smart alec’s alternative to Menetou-Salon, until that too became too well-known and Reuilly took up the mantle and so on. It's like the gentrification of East London. No sooner had Shoreditch become fashionable than it became old hat and it fell upon Dalston, then Haggerston and so on as the bearded ones moved ever further east. It's only a matter of time before hipsters will be drinking craft beers in the North Sea. Anyway, back to this wine, which comes from Oisly in Touraine and is a fabulous alternative to Chateaumeillant. Surely you have heard of Chateaumeillant? It's the next village after Reuilly for goodness sake, do keep up! This is a graceful Sauvignon Blanc, not one of those screaming banshees. The aromas rise softly with gooseberry, grapefruit, elderflower and an impression of gunsmoke, like a dewy field at dawn just after a duel. The palate has a flinty backing to it, with concentrated lime and melon fringed with nettles and cut grass. It’s wonderfully revitalising and more-ish, so beware! 13.5% alc. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Natural ferment. Organic grapes. Unoaked. Drink now-2018 ('Fabel Barbou' is the name of Veronique and Dominique Barbou's great grandfather, who purchased the domaine in 1923).

Press:

"the Barbou family are responsible for Sauvignon with virtually the finest price:quality rapport on the planet.." - The Wine Advocate

Customer comments:

"Marvellous - this was delicious" - Mr T.M., July 2016

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