2016 has started with a bang here at l’Art du Vin.
We use the first few months of the year to compile our portfolio for the year ahead. In recent weeks we have been visiting our key producers all over Europe, all the while keeping an eye out for any hidden gems that we think you may all enjoy.
Last week, Richard attended Les Salons des Vins de Loire, tasting over 400 wines from his local region. Les Salons de Vins de Loire is the only trade fair in Europe that focuses on one particular region – perfect for us as we like focus on each area of our portfolio in as much depth as possible.
As well as hoping to find new wines to share with you all, these events are a chance for us to catch up with our existing producers. In the Loire, Richard spent some time with Vincent Leclair, our key producer in the Touraine appellation.
Vincent is a winemaker who we simply love working with. As well as producing amazing wines at his own estate which he recently purchased from his father, he devotes his time as a member of a group of local winemakers intent on driving up the levels of quality in the Touraine appellation.
To reach this objective, he has taken it upon himself, along with those who share his vision, to create a new appellation – AOC Chenonceaux, which was legally instated in 2011.
Vincent’s Sauvignon de Touraine has been among our best-selling wines since we opened l’Art du Vin, a fact that has come as little surprise to us as we believe it offers exceptional value for money.
And the quality of his wine was evident at the Les Salons event, where we are delighted to report that Vincent was awarded the award for best Sauvignon Blanc from the Touraine appellation.
We hope that over the next few months we are able to source wines made with passion and integrity like those of Vincent for all of you to enjoy!
Click on the links below to learn more about Vincent's wines
Sauvignon Touraine 'Fleur de Printemps' Domaine de la Rochette - £10.05
Gamay/Pinot Noir de Touraine, Domaine de la Rochette - £10.05
Sauvignon Blanc 'Touraine Chenonceaux', Domaine de la Rochette - £14