Vouvray Sec, 2018, Domaine Boutet Saulnier, Loire Valley
Sharp apples and ripe pears set the scene, then welcome centre stage honey, camomile and citrus peel.
About this wine
Our Vouvray by Domaine Boutet Saulnier is pure sophistication. Sweet baked apple flavours give way to mouth-watering citrus and a pleasant saline finish. Silky and smooth in all the right places.
This tasty Chenin Blanc is produced on a tiny estate on the banks of the Loire river. It's arguably one of the best value wines on our list as the concentrated orchard fruit flavour, beautiful balance and delicate honeysuckle finish smacks of fine wine.
What Makes It So Grape?
Produced in Loire Valley, France
Christophe Boutet is the co-manager (one of only two employees) at Domaine Boutet Saulnier, and has been there since founding it in 1997. He has since produced a range of wines including sparkling wines and demi-sec wines, as well as the delicious dry Vouvray that we list. He has always been concerned about sustainability and makes several concessions in the vineyard with this aim in mind, such as growing grass between vines to improve the health of the soil and using natural yeasts instead of cultured.
At the heart of a vineyard that covers 2000 hectares near the city of Tours, Christophe Boutet cultivates 12 hectares of vineyards in the appellations Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire. His Chenins grow on clay-limestone soils with different plots, some with terraces overlooking the river, others on hillsides, but always in contact with the 'tuff' as it is called there (a sedimentary rock unique to the Loire Valley).