This Sauvignon Blanc is zesty with lively acidity, hints of passion fruit and gooseberry. There is a touch of richness on the palate which is well balanced by the vibrant acidity and finishes long and clean.
Les Caves de la Loire is a co-op located in Brissac-Quincé, south of Angers. It was established in 1951 and has 160 growers and 1,600 hectares of vineyards, the majority of them located in Anjou.
Les Caves de la Loire is certified AgriConfiance et Démarche Vignerons En Développement Durable. AgriConfiance ensures traceability from grape to bottle and adheres to sustainable practices. Vignerons En Développement Durable was formed specifically for the wine industry with the target to be sustainable in the entire wine production process: viticulture, winemaking and employment.
Les Caves de la Loire’s Sauvignon Blanc ‘Wally’ is zesty with lively acidity, hints of passion fruit and gooseberry, great balance and a clean finish. The ‘Wally’ Chenin Blanc, like the Sauvignon Blanc, has great purity of fruit with hints of white flowers. It is rich yet refreshing thanks to the crisp acidity.
The grapes are sourced from the Anjou area in the Loire Valley, just south of the city of Angers. The vineyards are planted on two different types of soil: carboniferous rock and schist in the north and the visibly whiter, limestone-rich soils of the southern and western sides of the appellation.
The 2021 vintage started with a cold and dry winter, followed by rising temperatures in mid-February that continued into March, causing early bud-break. The summer months were quite warm with no disease pressure. The harvest started earlier than usual, with the health of the grapes proving very good throughout the ripening process.
The grapes were harvested in the early hours of the morning to retain freshness. They were stored at 16°C for 5-10 days before a cool fermentation (at 14°C) took place in stainless-steel tanks. Post fermentation, the wine remained on its lees for three months, with occasional stirring to add depth and complexity.