Linda’s Pick: Domaine du Salvard Cheverny

Last week Chris and I were up in Vancouver celebrating a big birthday for him. (I won’t spill the beans on which one, you’ll have to ask him.) For our celebratory dinner we stopped by Blue Water Cafe for a fabulous dinner, capped off by an even more delicious white Burgundy. Well, I came home tonight with some white wine on the mind and decided to try to recreate this great bottle – except it would have to be about 1,000 miles south, and $80 cheaper.

I swung by the corner Whole Foods (ahh the blessing and curses of a WF nearby) and went looking for something comparable. When I struck out with a decently priced white Burgundy I opted for something geographically close – a 2010 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Loire white.  And let’s be honest, this is where it becomes an unfair review for this poorly-chosen white wine. I was in the mood for something smooth and mildly full-bodied (oxymoron? I like it) and chose a European Sauv Blanc.

With that in mind, it was a good, albeit slightly typical, Sauv Blanc. A little sharp on the front of the tongue and a little sparking grapefruit-iness with the first couple swallows, but all in all it did its job well. Perhaps the best complement? It didn’t overpower the awesome Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam I had picked up as well. And for $17, it was probably worth the price.

Did it fall a little short of my hopes since I was setting it up to an unfair comparison? Likely. Did it still help ease me into a night of excel sheets? Definitely.


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