La Belle Saison

Classic French Sauvignon

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An interesting thing about this Sauvignon Blanc is that the low ABV is not mentioned in the maker’s notes nor on the back of the bottle. It’s a classic French Sauvignon, crisp, light and green, and though the fact that it’s only 9.5 % is shown in the obligatory unit count, the French seem to prefer to major on its classic qualities, and consider the low alcohol count just an accidental by-product. It has a zesty lime-green quality, with a good dryness and great depth of flavour. It leans in on an earthy flintiness and minerality, and its acidity is not as high as a New World Sauvignon would be. There’s no sense of compromise with the lower abv – it’s a natural by-product of making a French Sauvignon and the crisp body and depth is uncompromised. If you like Pouilly Fume or Sancerre, this is a great lower-alcohol alternative.

Makers Notes

If you enjoy the cleansing freshness of Loire Sauvignon, you must try this great value rival from the sunny south. It’s the craftsmanship of our trusted ‘partner in wine’ Hervé Sabardeil (of Chante-Clair fame). The plan was to make the freshest, most aromatic white he could from whichever vineyards he thought best to get freshness, flavour and value. La Belle Saison is a wine of true Gallic flair that’s proud to bear its ‘Vin de France’ classification. The inaugural vintage garnered enthusiastic 5-Star reviews online and won Gold, and it has scored another Gold every year since (watch this space for the 2019). Crisp with ripe green apple and lime fruit, it’s ideal solo or with white fish, a noodle stir-fry or other light, fragrant dishes.

Tasting Notes

  • Colour: pale straw
  • Nose: appley green fruit
  • Taste: crisp, fresh and dry
  • Finish: fairly short

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White Wine
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Languedoc Roussillon, France
Herve Sabardeil
Bottle size (ml)
Sauvignon Blanc
Pale Straw
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