The Touraine appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) is found in the central Loire river valley and is known for producing Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. As a close neighbor to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, Touraine produces wonderful examples of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc at great value.
The Touraine from Chais Saint-Laurent offers fantastic value while delivering typical characteristics. The Touraine opens with a very light straw color with hints of green, indicating its cool-climate origin. The nose offers citrus, hints of grapefruit, and a mild vegetal grassiness that can only be described as English peas. On the palate the wine is light and crisp with racy acidity and a piercing finish. Pair this Sauvignon Blanc with goat’s cheese, asparagus, vegetarian dishes, spicy Chinese food, white fish with lemon, ceviche, and just about anything with a sharp citrus component.
This red Sancerre offers the olfactory sensors aromas of bright red fruit with a subtle undercurrent of chalk; hints of ove-ripe raspberry are also present. On the palate, the wine has very little weight with flavors of eucalyptus and red cherries. This Sancerre would pair wonderfully with light to medium dishes such as roast pork tenderloin, grilled salmon, sausage, French saucisson (salami), and medium-bodied cheeses. $20.99