By Sommelier Ruud Vleeming
Last year we stayed with very dear friends for a short break in the Sologne, in the region between the Loire river near Blois and the Cher river near St Aignan.
In this flat region, where cycling without climbing is really fun, one deserves after an “exhaustive” bike ride the gastronomic delights of the French cuisine. In a local restaurant we had a dish with seafish wonderfully accompanied by local wine. Next day I bought a dozen of this very pure Sauvignon Blanc of 2018. It is produced in the quite new appellation of Touraine Oisly on the Domaine des Corbillières. Dominique Barbou runs this estate and makes this wine, called Fabel Barbou as homage to his far grandfather who was one of the first in this region to plant Sauvignon vines.
The soils in this area are rather poor with clay at the bottom and a mixture of sand and pebbles as topsoil with fine gravel (quartz and flint). The vines are 36, 43 and 56 years old and Barbou works without any chemical fertilizer but only with natural yeasts and organic material. Well, what about the wine? The Fabel Barbou is fruity to the nose, with the smell of wet stones after a summer rain. On the tongue the dry wine expresses aromas of gooseberry, citrus, green apple, some tropical fruit and minerality together with a well-balanced acidity and a good finish. In the past Rabelais wrote « quand tu bois de l’eau, pense à la source » well, when I drink this wine I start daydreaming of the beautiful region of Oisly again and again!