I just spent several hours immersed in all the detailed writings I could find of the many projects of Thierry Puzelat. If you have the time you should click this link and read the Wine Terroirs page about him: Wine Terroirs Thierry Puzelat
The very condensed version is that he and his brother Jean Marie inherited their family domaine (which dates back to the middle ages) in the lesser known Loire appelation of Cheverny. Their father had always farmed many virtually abandoned grape varieties using natural farming methods, but Thierry and Jean Marie were inspired to make wines with out intervention that truly spoke of the vineyards that created them and today make an uncounted number of cuvees from their own vineyards as well as vineyards they contract with to source grapes.
I tried this Sauvignon Blanc for the first time last night and it blew me away. Thierry Puzelat's Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is just scorchingly fantastically delicious. It's Sauvignon Blanc with energetic dynamic acidity and minerality but it's also lush and has flesh to it. The flavors are so much more interesting and nuanced than normal Touraine Sauvignon Blanc too!
Aroma: Honey, white wildfowers, ripe honeydew melon, Fresh cut grass, honey graham cracker; the aroma of this wine is so gorgeous. It pulls off being fresh and spring like with fresh cut grass and mineral, but also has this deep, opulent character at the same time. This is absurdly delicious.
Palate: Fresh acidity, pretty zingy. There's some gravelly mineral that lingers on the finish. The flavor that lingers after the finish has delicious tropical fruit. Definitely ripe juicy pineapple there. There's poise and crisp electric vibrant zing to the wine, but then the finish lingers on well after you swallow and the mineral taste morphs into all kinds of ripe fruit and baking flavors. It's rich and savory in a way that reminds me of short bread tea cakes. This is one of the most bad ass Sauvignon blancs I've had.
This wine is a steal considering it retails for about $19. Currently available at Maine and Loire and Aurora Provisions.