Domaine Joël Delaunay is a family-owned estate, located in the Touraine AOC. Today, fifth-generation owner Thierry Delaunay runs the domaine. Like his forward-thinking father, Joël Delaunay, who insisted on estate bottling in 1970, Thierry was the first Touraine producer to bottle under screwcap in 2004. Domaine Joël Delaunay has 34 hectares of vineyards, practising sustainable viticulture. Ninety percent of their production is white, with Sauvignon Blanc being the predominant grape variety, while the remainder is red, mostly Gamay and Cabernet Franc.
Thierry’s wines are best drunk while they are young and fresh. They are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks after undergoing a short, cold maceration to bring out the aromas. The Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is aged on fine lees with occasional bâtonnage for three months, adding texture and complexity to the finished wine.
Matthew Jukes: "This wine arrives in the UK this week, so this scoop alerts you to a thrilling, vivacious, energetic Sauvignon, which bursts out of the glass scattering citrus and herb notes like an Olympic pole-vaulter. Drink it with the Mussels in a cob with crispy cod cheeks recipe!"