Oisly Et Thesee Sauvignon de Touraine `Vallée des Reines` 2017 (1x75cl)
This co-operative is located in the quiet village of Oisly and specialises in Touraine Sauvignon Blanc. Established in 1961 when the growers from two villages came together, the co-op now has 25 growers who farm 250 hectares and 750 vineyard plots. Oisly's technical director, Agnès Bardet, has been working there for over 20 years, she began in the laboratory and has subsequently got to know each of the grower's vineyards in detail. She now runs the winery and coordinates the harvest for each grower.
The vineyards are located around the two villages of Oisly and Thésée in the heart of the Cher Valley. There are two types of soils: clay-siliceous and a clay-chalk mix. The vines are about 25 years old and the yield is 60 hectolitres per hectare.
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 vinification of these wines can be attributed to Agnès' work with the growers and the varied blending options she has because of the numerous fermentations carried out for each grower's grapes. The grapes were pressed immediately and the juice selected for vinification. It was kept at a temperature of 5-6°C on fine lees for six to eight days to settle ('debourbage') before fermentation at controlled temperatures (16-18°C) in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats for 10 days.
This Touraine Sauvignon Blanc has great precision and clean aromatics. Very crisp and refreshing on the palate, it leaves a pleasant, mouth watering finish with lovely flavours of pear and green apple. The result is an excellent wine that offers superb value.
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