Great evening in a splendid setting! Thanks to Tim, Jo, and all the tastings team for a wonderful evening. Having toured the Loire on a couple of occasions, I was interested to try some less familiar wines as well as some favourites. I was booked into Jo’s masterclass on SB so left those until after the class. One revelation to me was Cheverny, Domaine du Salvador 2017 (LO13871) which has a fab flowery bouquet and is great value for money. Emmanuel Delaille and his son were really proud of their product and rightly so.
I loved Savennieres,‘La Perite Roche’ 2016 (LO14401) with its distinctly apple nose and brought back memories of a visit to the area some years ago.
Jo’s class was an eye-opener when it came to the range of styles of SB Loire wines…but it is a long river! She included a couple of wines which are not yet released by TWS as they are normally given some bottle age before going on sale. Look out for Sancerre Cuvée Silex, Domaine Serge Laloue 2016 (LO13791) when it is released - it has a lovely bouquet with a hint off fennel. Also not yet released is Pouilly Fume, Chateau de Tracy 2015 (LO13601) which is a ‘serious’ SB with a bit of bottle age which will go well with food.
After Jo’s masterclass I returned to the main tasting room to compare those from the class with some of the other SB wines.
I did concentrate on SB wines - it would be impossible to try all 44 wines on show but there were a whole range of whites, rose, reds and sparklers - thanks to all the TWS staff and the growers for a fabulous evening.