Although this wine is labeled Vin de France—meaning the grapes can come from all over France—in practice this is Loire Sauvignon Blanc. It is grassy and herbal with gooseberry fruits and a tangy citrus edge. In its intensity and ripe aftertaste, it reveals lessons the Bourgeois family has drawn from its New Zealand vineyard.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.