Two Sauvignons from lesser-known parts of the Loire

Really like both of these, although they’re quite different – go for the first if you want fruit impact, the second if you prefer more minerally aspects

Emile Balland ‘Les Beaux Jours’ Coteaux du Giennois 2014, Loire, France (£12.99 Oxford Wine Company)
Lots of flavour here, with gooseberries & blackcurrant leaf to the fore, and then a combination of the bracing – zingy lemon/lime and green apple with a stony mineral edge – and something richer like chirimoya. B+

Domaine du Tremblay Quincy ‘Vin Noble’ 2014, Loire, France (£11.46 Lay & Wheeler)
A more restrained style, still the intense fruit flavours, again with gooseberries (fresh and cooked) and apple, but there’s more of an accent here on herby, earthy characters. Very tasty. S-

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