One of the more unique backgrounds, the Lieubeau family came to be by fate. In 1816, Joseph Grégoire Lieubeau, had been left on the steps of the local hospital in Nantes. Not knowing his real name, those who found him blessed him with a fortunate name, meaning “beautiful place”. He was raised by a local family who happened to be grape growers, and years later he eventually established his own domaine. Today, it is run by his descendants Pierre, Chantal and their children François, Vincent and Marie. They produce some of the most polished wines in the western Loire. Their Joseph Grégoire Lieubeau range is a tribute to their family’s founding father and their 2019 Sauvignon delivers everything one would hope to get with a regional Sauvignon - zesty citrus fruit, nectarine and white flowers. Appealing saline finish.
Robin says "Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most planted varieties in the Loire and it thrives in Central Loire around the towns of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. But other areas produce it as well in the form of IGPs (previously known as "vin de pays" or "country wines"). They tend to be good value wines that deliver lots of pleasure but at more value-oriented price points. This version steps away from the grassier styles towards one with succulent orchard fruits.