Philippe Tessier Cheverny Blanc 2020
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Loire Valley- Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
Domaine Tessier was founded in 1961 by Roger Tessier, with his son Philippe taking the reins 20 years later in 1981. They are located in the heart of the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny AOC’s and currently have 23 ha of vines. The vineyard is situated in a microclimate between the Loire River and the wild forests of Cheverny. Philippe believes that a wine should be the expression of the time and place from which it comes, the climactic conditions, as well as the hand the hands that make it. He believes that his wines "should give pleasure but must also be sound and healthy, alive and digestible and above all, should be natural."
I'm a huge fan of this blend from this part of the world. The Sauv. Blanc is minerally, clean, and bright. The Chardonnay is crispy and cool and unadulterated. I get white peaches and lime zest, a mountain stream in the springtime. And I don't get even a hint of any of the things anyone finds offensive about either grape.