Founded in 1905, Domaine de Corbillières has been in the Barbou family for four generations and is now run by Dominique and Véronique Barbou, who have 16 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and local red varieties. In the words of Robert Parker, they have a 'long-run track record for generating some of the consistently finest - not to mention best-value - Sauvignon Blancs on the planet'.
Planted on gentle sandy and clay slopes in Oisly, the vineyard benefits from good exposure and drainage and is steadily gaining a reputation for the finesse of its wines. Dominique keeps yields low and practises de-budding to ensure ripeness and good ventilation by leaf plucking.
Spring frosts in April reduced yields in some areas of the Loire Valley, however, a long, warm summer gave the grapes concentration and sugar enabling them to ripen fully. Summer was so warm that many producers harvested around one month ahead of schedule. The 2017 vintage is looking promising as the wines are fruit-driven and despite their advanced state of ripeness at harvest this year, retain good acidity and a pleasing balance on the palate.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were machine-harvested and gently pressed using pneumatic presses. Temperature-controlled fermentation took place at 18-20°C in stainless-steel tanks. The wine then remained on the lees until bottling.
Light lemon-yellow with a fresh, lively perfume of citrus and green apple with hints of sherbet on the nose. On the palate, it has great balance with plenty of fresh fruit providing good weight and a zesty acidity giving it a lift. A lively mineral note gives the finish complexity.