Salvard

Crisp & Textural Loire from a Leading Light of Cheverny

Salvard has been a standard-bearer in Cheverny—the Loire Valley appellation that snakes along the left bank of the Loire from Sologne to the outskirts of Orleans—ever since Maurice Delaille bought this property in 1890, replanting the vineyards and renovating the Estate. It has subsequently passed through five generations of the Delaille family. Today, 42 hectares of vineyards are farmed by brothers Emmanuel and Thierry who have carried on the traditions established by their ancestors; producing authentic, handcrafted Cheverny of the highest order.

All the wines here offer the authenticity and value of a Domaine playing to their finest strengths

While the brothers share most of the responsibilities, Thierry Delaille spends most of his days in the vines, which are typically managed organically with the emphasis on smaller than average yields and sustainable farming practices. Emmanuel handles the winemaking duties. All wines are vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel cuves and draw texture from aging on fine lees. The wines are bottled unfiltered.

Domaine du Salvard focus mainly on Sauvignon Blanc (which, for the AOC wines, must be blended with a little Chardonnay), and Chardonnay, which are perfectly suited to the siliceous clay and Beauce limestone plains of their soils around Fougères-sur-Bièvre. The Salvard Blanc, or ‘Butterfly’ label as it is known around these parts, is 100% Sauvignon and bottled under screwcap for the Australian market. It’s a subtle, racy and flowing Loire Valley Sauvignon. It cannot be labelled as Cheverny as the appellation laws have changed to mandate that producers must include some Chardonnay in the blend to use the AOC. Domaine du Salvard is probably best known for its textural and crisp, Cheverny Blanc which blends Sauvignon with 15% Chardonnay. This is a slightly deeper manifestation of the Domaine, more complex and savoury in nature.

The Range

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.

Salvard Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc 2022
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Domaine du Salvard AOC Cheverny Blanc l'Heritiere 2010
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Domaine du Salvard AOC Cheverny Blanc l'Heritiere 2010

Domaine du Salvard quietly go about their business producing true, classic Cheverny that is both delicious and elegant. The Delaille brothers have focused their attention on growing fresh, lively Sauvignon Blanc, deeply rooted in the sand, clay, and limestone plains of north-eastern Touraine. Gilbert and his sons have also made their own contributions to the heritage of the Domaine, including the introduction of sustainable farming practices into the vineyards, as well as temperature-controlled vinification equipment to the winery.  Having worked with the Unique Sauvignon for a handful of years now, we have turned our attention to Salvard's terrific value AOC Cheverny wines. L'Heritiere is Salvards funky old-vine/low yield bottling. As with the regular Cherveny it's roughly 85% Sauvignon Blanc and  15% Chardonnay, all hand harvested, from the Estate's oldest, limestone rooted vines.  Both varieties are barrel fermented separately before blending and it is bottled unfiltered. A captivating, exotic white Loire.

Domaine du Salvard AOC Cheverny Blanc l'Heritiere 2010
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Country

France

Primary Region

Touraine

People

Winemakers: Emmanuel and Thierry Delaille

Availability

National

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