Jardin en Fleurs Sauvignon Blanc Celebrates Spring

I did it.

As a signal to Mother Nature or Father Equinox, or whatever Benevolent Being might be watching, I did it.
I hung my springtime forsythia-branch wreath on my front door, cold weather be damned!
Was any Being watching or listening??

In fact, someonemust have noticed my wreath!  Sunday brought a warm, hazy day—the warmest we have experienced for many months!

My sunny patio was calling…

I grabbed a bottle of the Jardin en Fleurs Sauvignon Blanc and hit the sunshine.

“Jardin en Fleurs” meaning Garden in Bloom could not have been a better choice, both for the hope inspired by the name, and for the perfect spring-like wine in the bottle.

The Jardin en Fleurs hails from the Touraine Appellation in France’s Loire Valley. The Loire Valleyis four wine regions all positioned along the three-hundred mile stretch of the Loire River, with Touraine being in the central Loire.

Touraine is certainly well-known for its Vouvray appellation, where wines are made from 100% Chenin Blanc.  Just east of Vouvray, though, (but not far enough east to be in Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume country) wines are made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc.  


Sipping a charmingly obscure French Sauvignon Blanc on my warm, sunny patio on one of March’s final days was a nod from the gods, I’m sure!

The Jardin is all full of herbs and grass with bits of pear and white peach aromas.  It just smells like spring.  On the palate, it continues with herbs and grassy notes.  More flavors of pear and ripe gooseberry, even a little green pepper, finish with just a hint of melon.  There is not so much as a mention of grapefruit, although there is a touch of lemon zestiness.

This Sauvignon Blanc is lean and pure—a true expression of the Loire.

I should have hung my forsythia wreath earlier.   



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2 comments to “Jardin en Fleurs Sauvignon Blanc Celebrates Spring”

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  1. Nathan Sanderson - Apr 01, 2014 Reply

    As expected, well written, but a bit above my skill level. Couldn't you just say "them there wine tastes good"? There wasn't even a notation of efficiency!

  2. Sue Navratil - Apr 01, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for the helpful suggestion Nathan! I will be sure to try that highly descriptive line in my next blog… =) And with my wines, efficiency is assumed.

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