Domaine du Salvard

Zippy, Mouth-watering Everyday Loire Valley Sauvignon
Domaine du Salvard
It goes without saying that it’s great to have one of our best-selling and best-value imports back in stock after a lengthy hiatus. Our relationship with Emmanuel and Thierry Delaille stretches back over a decade now. We were compelled to visit their corner of the Loire Valley after reading Kermit Lynch sing the family’s praises in his classic book, Inspiring Thirst. “Salvard make the most drinkable, quaffable Sauvignon Blanc I have ever tasted,” wrote Mr Lynch. “It does not have the weight of a Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé, but don’t hold that against it because it does have a fresh, inviting perfume and a balance and lightness of touch that allows it to flow.” Suffice it to say, Kermit was onto something. The brothers’ latest release is another winner. It has that irresistibly vibrant cool-stream-over-stone burst of fresh citrus and herbs that we love in the best wines from the region and concludes with a lovely, crisp, chalky finish. As it says on the back label, it marries perfectly with long days, warm nights and great company. We wrote that, not Kermit.

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Salvard Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc 2022
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Salvard Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Screwcap. More than just good value, the finest wines produced in Cheverny, upstream from Sancerre, are truly exciting and worth seeking out. Domaine du Salvard has been a standard-bearer here ever since Maurice Delaille bought this property in 1900, replanting the vineyards and renovating the estate. Grown on mature vines rooted in the sandy clay soils of Cheverny’s Fougères-sur-Bièvre, the ‘Butterfly’ label is 100% Sauvignon Blanc raised on lees without any oak. From a wonderful Loire vintage, it’s a pithy, succulent, focused Sauvignon with white pepper, citrus fruit, and fresh herb flavours. Then, there’s a glide of mouth-watering acidity and a fine, chalky finish. Proper, pourable Loire Sauvignon, done right.


The Delaille brothers’ latest vintage is another succulent and vibrant white, packed with aromas and flavours of pithy citrus, and shot through with smoky, resinous freshness and mouth-watering acidity. Classic Vin de Soif Loire.

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