The Touraine appellation d'origine contrÃ´lÃ©e (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 goatâ€™s cheese, asparagus, vegetarian dishes, spicy Chinese food, white fish with lemon, ceviche, and just about anything with a sharp citrus component.