'Justine Barbou' Domaine des Corbillieres, Touraine, Loire 2013

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'Justine Barbou' Domaine des Corbillieres, Touraine, Loire 2013

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Menus are written with the specific intention of whetting your appetite, which is why they don't just say 'fish' or 'chicken'. Wine labels, on the other hand, are restricted by appellation law and other legal requirements, so their front labels can be a little stark by comparison. This one doesn't even say 'chicken' (well, Sauvignon Blanc) it simply states who made it and where it comes, but if it were a menu it would say Sauvignon Blanc drizzled with a burnt grapefruit reduction, shavings of white oak and a citrus foam.

It has everything we love about barrel-fermented Sauvignon. It's an electric wine, shivering with internal energy, the consequence of low-yielding 55 year-old vines, which bring the fruit intensity, and the high quartz content in the soil, which gives the wine its crystal pulse. The 11 months spent in barrel adds delectable cedar and sandalwood notes to the vibrant grapefruit and lime flavours on the palate which shimmer on the palate like reflected sunlight. Drink this instead of serious white Bordeaux, because it lacks nothing by comparison, and is an equally versatile food wine. 13% alc. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Organic grapes. Wild yeast fermentation. 11 months in French oak. Drink now-2020.

Customer comments:

"Excellent stuff. Sauvignon Blanc and I are friends again." - Mr. J.M., - April 2016

"This wine was fabulous!" - Mr. C.L., September 2016

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