Domaine de Villargeau
Cotes de Giennois, France
Purchased this with a group of friends at Longman and Eagle in Chicago. The bottle comes from Coteaux de Giennois, a small region with 91 hectares of vineyards that is largely overshadowed by its more prominent neighbors, Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. Regions like this often offer excellent values, even if the vineyards lie on the same soil and are planted with the same varietals as the more renowned regions next door.
This exploded on the palate with bracing acidity and a distinct lime/lemon note that carried through to the finish. It became more complex as it opened up in the glass. This is a classic cool climate sauvignon blanc and would pair perfectly with simple white fish dishes and oysters, or alone on a damn hot summer afternoon. In one word, refreshing.
Domaine de Villargeau's vineyards are not organic or biodynamic but the estate is a certified Vigneron Independant, a certification for small and independent winegrowers in Europe that are committed to terroir and tradition. I've drank a lot of wines stamped with their logo and I've rarely been disappointed. You can read more here.