Sauvignon blanc grapes are grown in many parts of the world, but some believe that the best come from the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, located in the eastern section of the Loire Valley wine region in central France. White wines made from these grapes are generally dry, crisp, aromatic and high in acidity. They can also be quite pricey. However, delicious, less-expensive sauvignon blanc wines can be found in other areas of the Loire Valley. Below is a comparison of a Sancerre with an Indication Géographique Protégée (IGP) wine, a category that allows winemakers to deviate from stricter laws applied to higher classifications. Both would go well with seafood.
TYDY 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire IGP
Bought • Starrs, 1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, in July for $11.99
Description • This zesty white is a fine example of an extremely tasty sauvignon blanc in the IGP category. TYDY stands for Thierry Delaunay, the fifth-generation owner of Domaine Joël Delaunay, located in the Touraine area in the middle of the Loire Valley wine region. This refreshing sauvignon blanc has a lovely floral nose and tastes of citrus with some tropical fruit and a hint of herbs.
Domaine de la Vauvise 2016 Les Trois Terroirs Sancerre
Bought • Trader Joe’s, 48 Brentwood Promenade Court, in July for $14.99
Description • Although most Sancerre wines cost more than $20, this is an example of a good entry-level label that has been available at Trader Joe’s for several years. It’s a bit bigger in body and softer than the TYDY. An aromatic white, it’s well-balanced and crisp with flavors of grapefruit, and stone fruit along with some grassiness and herbs.