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WINE OF THE WEEK: Famille Bougrier La Grande Réserve Touraine Chenonceaux 2017, Loire, France


£11.99, in any 6-bottle mix, Majestic


Touraine Chenonceaux is a small appellation on the River Cher east of Tours, created as recently as 2011. (What took them so long? The splendid Château de Chenonceau has been spanning the river there since the sixteenth century.) The white wines are made from Sauvignon Blanc and have some of the green fruit and bite of Sancerre (about 150k upstream on the Loire) but wrapped in more succulent, tropical fruit, which makes them a good bridge between the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé style and the fuller, fruitier Sauvignons of New Zealand. This one, from a family now into its sixth generation of Loire wine growers, has citrus, elderflower and rich, ripe gooseberry flavours finished off with a swish of green citrus freshness. It works as an aperitif, but also pairs with white fish, shellfish, red peppers, tomatoes (raw and slow-roast), olive-oil cooked aubergine (when you want a wine to cut and contrast), onion tart, feta and goats' cheeses. It's also worth a try with Thai green curry. 13%.

Famille Bougrier La Grande Réserve Touraine Chenonceaux Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Touraine Chenonceaux, Loire, France

£11.99 in any mix of 6, or £13.99 singly, Majestic

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