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Haut Poitou Sauvignon Guirlande 2009

SAUVIGNON BLANC GUIRLANDE LOIRE VALLEY FRANCE ODDBINS 12.5% Natural Cork £6.99 Buy 6 for only £5.59 each -
Posted 28th March 2011        

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  • 12.5%
  • Natural Cork
  • £6.99
  • Buy 6 for only £5.59 each – Save 20% Mixable
  • Drink young

This wine takes us straight back to the Loire valley where Neil used to be the Chairman of the Twinning Society between Darley Dale (Derbyshire) and Onzain (Loire, France). We have many special friends there and visit regularly and this fine wine reminded us of the many good times we have had.

The Loire valley, often referred to as the Garden of France is most famous for its Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Touraine and also Muscadet but this dry yet diverse Sauvignon Blanc is an absolute credit to the wine maker.

The label reminds me of visiting the Chateau of the Loire with the fancy scrolling, and the green bottle makes it looks expensive.

The bottle has a decent sized punt, and although there are a variety of theories about why bottles have these including that it is a remnant of historical glass-blowing techniques and that the punt was used by servants who knew more than their master about what was happening in the local area. A thumb up the punt would show their master whether a guest was to be trusted or not, I am assured by French friends it denotes a good wine.

I drank this while eating cheeses from the area with friends, we tried goat and sheep varieties and as the wine maker suggests it is a good match.

I would describe this wine as aromatic meaning it is slightly perfumed on the nose, with hints of citrus. This is a wonderful classy subtle Sauvignon Blanc, light bodied with a crisp dry elegance. It has a greenish colour and reminds you of biting in to a hard granny smith apple, with some minerality, but no bitter taste on the tongue.

I would give this good value, very easy drinking well balanced wine 8.5/10.


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Meet the Author:
Julie & Neil Swift
We are both 51 years of age and have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.