Some of the most expensive French sauvignon blanc comes from two appellations within the Loire wine growing region: Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Top wines from these two appellations can cost $50 to well over $100. However, there are plenty of other delicious, less expensive sauvignon blanc wines produced in the Loire. Below is a fine example of an indication géographique protégée (IGP) Val de Loire wine. It’s compared with a wine from Bordeaux, where whites are usually blends of sauvignon blanc and semillon.
The Holy Snail 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Val de Loire, France
Bought • Whole Foods, 1601 South Brentwood Boulevard, in June for $13.99
Description • This 100 percent sauvignon blanc wine is produced by Thierry Delaunay, the fifth-generation owner of the Loire’s Domaine Joël Delaunay, and it’s exported by the highly regarded Becky Wasserman Co. An elegant, zesty white, the Holy Snail is fresh, clean and crisp. It tastes of grapefruit and other citrus flavors, along with grassy and herbaceous notes. Light and easy to drink, it can be enjoyed as an aperitif wine or a pair with oysters and other shellfish.
Les Hauts de Lagarde 2018, Bordeaux, France
Bought • Whole Foods, 1601 South Brentwood Boulevard, in June for $10.99
Description • Made entirely from organic grapes, this lively white has been very well received by wine critics. A blend of 60 percent sauvignon blanc and 40 percent semillon, it was produced by the Raymond family, which has been in the wine business for eight generations. Softer, less acidic and richer than the Holy Snail, this charming wine combines the flavors of fresh peaches and citrus with just a touch of herbs. It would go well with fish and chicken.