AG Pick: Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Finally, it seems spring is right around the corner.  The weather is starting to warm up, people are returning to the parks and outdoor cafes and soon the first crocuses will push through the soil.

Just as food has wine pairings, I like to think that seasons have wine pairings — and the Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is an excellent pairing with the early spring.  Crisp and dry with nice mineral notes, this white wine makes you think of the soon-to-arrive buds and blooms.

Domaine de la Charmoise Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Touraine region in France’s Loire Valley.  It is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes that were hand harvested from 40 year old vines.  The soil is a mix of clay and flint, which comes through in the wine’s taste.

Tart citrus aromas give a good hint at the fresh and acidic palate to follow.  Flavors of lemon, white grapefruit and pineapple are complemented with a hint of white pepper and sage.  Notes of flint and chalky minerality give the wine added depth.  The finish is clean and refreshing.

Pair this Sauvignon Blanc with shellfish, grilled fish or chicken, salads (including pasta and chicken salads) or soft goat cheese.

A bottle of the Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2009 costs approximately $17.

12.5% alcohol by volume