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Our wine tourers today were given the task of comparing the taste of Sauvignon blanc and Chenin blanc. We normally take a tasting of the Anjou red at our talk in the wine room of Manoir de Gourin which we compare with the Saumur classic red during our visit to a Saumur Vineyard thereafter. I thought we would try something different. More so because in this part of the Loire valley in the Anjou appellation Sauvignon is not an appellation grape so the still wine is made under the Vin de Pays or Indication Geographique Protegee (IGP) classification. Its a cracking Sauvignon for 4 euros ish a bottle compared to the Saumur blanc chenin grape AOP wine at 6.50 euros a bottle.
After our talk we ventured to the village appellation of Saumur Puy Notre Dame and the Saumur blanc appellation. The grapes are now tasting of some sugar with a lower acidity level so probably we will be seeing the harvest at the beginning of October if the weather stays relatively mild with not too much rain.
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