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Sauvignon Blanc de Loire Ambassador selection results

Published:  15 April, 2011

Twenty-eight wines considered to have the best commercial success in the UK market have been selected at the Sauvignon Blanc de Loire Ambassadors tasting, led by Sam Harrop MW.

The AOC Touraine and Vins de Pays du Val de Loire Sauvignon Blancs were chosen by an expert panel comprising of: Tim Atkin MW, Charles Metcalfe, wine consultant Jonathan Butt, Hakkasan buyer Christine Parkinson, Sainsbury's winemaker Lucy Clements and Direct Wines buyer Cat Lomax.

The tasting is part of the Sauvignon Blanc de Loire Project which is run by InterLoire  - its main purpose is to raise the region's image in order to increase the perception and value of the wines in the UK.

The panel chose the wines which best represent the quality and terroir of Sauvignon Blanc de Loire in a range of styles from tropical fruit, through to citrus and herbal.

Harrop said: "The selection was the best yet and in a less than ideal year, showing how capable and committed producers are to continued improvements in quality for the export market.

"Not only are winemakers making better wines that show great fruit intensity and a certain modernity, they are making wines that express typicity with elegance and charm, and compete with the very best value wines in the world.

"These are Sauvignon Blancs that showcase the diversity of this under-rated wine region."

Both the AOC Touraine and Vins de Pays Sauvignon Blanc ambassadors will be shown at this year's London International Wine Fair at InterLoire stand number F60/2, where Sam Harrop MW will be presenting daily seminars.