Abbesse de Loire Sauvignon Blanc 2017
The Bougrier clan have been Sauvignon Blanc experts in the Loire Valley (the grape’s spiritual home) since 1885. Today, seasoned winemaker Noël Bougrier carries on his family’s proud tradition with his ever-popular Abbesse.
In a region known for world-class whites like Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé (which can carry price tags upwards of $30), Abbesse stands out, thanks to its fine quality and value. This latest release comes from the great 2017 harvest, which is noted for yielding a very small amount of grapes. But the quality of the fruit was excellent, especially in skilled hands like Noël’s, so you’re in for a real treat.
Look for leap-from-the-glass aromas of grassy citrus, plus a lovely, ripe peachiness on the palate and a zesty lime finish. It’s a go-to aperitif and equally tasty served with its traditional (and delicious) companion, goat cheese.
This perennial favorite always flies off our cellar shelves, and with an even smaller production than normal, there’s not a lot of Noël’s latest release to go around.