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Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Marcel Martin

Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Marcel Martin

Item #: V1219W1IF
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: France
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Herbal, Floral
Palate: Lovely White Peach
Finish: Floral Notes, Slightly Herbal
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Shellfish, Seafood, Fowl/11.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Marcel Martin founded his family-owned wine company over 50 years ago in the Loire Valley. At that time, Loire wines weren't as popular as they are now. Seems Marcel's mission became to do just that - make them popular.

Along the way he found other areas, like the Cotes de Gascogne, which had not yet been recognized as wonderful wine destinations, yet the wines were fabulous. That's all Marcel needed.

As he traversed France's wine regions, he met and formed relationships in many of the lesser-known appellations - ones which produced wonderful wines. He even blended wines from different regions, a practice usually frowned upon, but Marcel achieved excellent results.

Our selection is such a marriage of regional wines. It is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire and Gascogne. The Loire is internationally known for some of the greatest Sauvignon Blanc in the world, most notably from Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. However, there is great Sauvignon Blanc grown just outside those areas that still make great wines, at even greater values.

The lightness of the wine is accentuated by the low alcohol, only 11.5%. The lower alcohol allows the purity of the grape and soil to take center stage instead of the alcohol.

As a result, we are presented with a very fresh and floral offering punctuated by stone fruit, fresh herbs and citrus, which linger luxuriously on the palate.

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