World Sauvignon Competition :

Domaine Delobel impresses by obtaining a trophy for the 2nd consecutive year!

With Cuvée B de Oisly 2018 « Révélation Sauvignon biologique 2020 » and Cuvée Exponentielle 2018 "gold medal", Domaine Delobel has once again distinguished itself at the World Sauvignon Competition.

 

Each year, a panel of sixty international experts who share the same passion for Sauvignon Blanc meets for the World Sauvignon Competition around an international selection of wines from this grape variety to distinguish the excellence (in 2020 : 1110 wines from 24 countries). After the special « Denis Dubourdieu » trophy at the 2019 World Sauvignon Competition obtained by the Cuvée Exponentielle 2017, it is the turn of the Cuvée Exponentielle 2018 to be honored in 2020 with the award of a “Gold Medal ". Cuvée B de Oisly 2018 obtains its first trophy as « Révélation Sauvignon Biologique 2020 ».

After a subtle marriage of barrel and Sauvignon, it is the expression of the terroir associated with the purity of Sauvignon which is honored in 2020 at Domaine Delobel with the B de Oisly.

 

B de Oisly 2018 - AOC Touraine Oisly

Révélation Sauvignon Biologique au Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2020

A Sauvignon with volume and substance, and exotic aromas full of richness and maturity

Exponentielle 2018 - AOC Touraine

Médaille d’or au Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2020

the result of a blend  between the  complex aromatic expression of the minerality and freshness of Sauvignon and an elegant structure linked to a wooden vinification

 

 

An exceptional terroir rewarded !

The AOC Touraine Oisly is an exceptional terroir. Firstly, thanks to the deep clayey-sandy soil typical of the AOC. This layer of clay keeps freshness deep during periods of drought in the soil, this induces a significant advantage, especially during the later heat waves; the aromatic freshness in the Sauvignon AOC Touraine Oisly is thus preserved. But also a historic terroir : the first Sauvignon vine - "Surin" - was grafted at Oisly in the 19th century. During the 2020 World Sauvignon Competition, this terroir was widely recognized thanks to a fine harvest of medals for this appellation : 1 revelation, 6 Gold medals and 1 Silver medal out of the 11 winegrowers producing the Touraine Oisly AOC.

Domaine Delobel is the only AOC Touraine Oisly estate, certified in Organic Agriculture on all these areas.

 

The 2018 Vintage, "a solar vintage" !

After 2 consecutive years of frost, the vines revealed a nice harvest potential when they woke up in the spring.  With Spring frosts (until the Ice Saints) over without damage, "tropical" climatic conditions (high heat and humidity) settled on the vineyard during May and June. These conditions  created a significant danger of disease which induced a risk of catastrophic crop loss  if  not controlled, all the more so for vineyards used in organic viticulture, such as Domaine Delobel. Thanks to the perseverance of Benjamin Delobel, the vines  performed wonderfully in quantity and quality. But with harvest time  coming  the vines suffered another climatic situation : an extreme heat wave.

The result however is sublime, with perfect maturity and a good amount of harvest thanks to the mastery of the vineyard, in organic farming, by Benjamin Delobel and the optimization of harvest dates by Sandrine Delobel.

 

 

 

The B de Oisly in 4 words : organic cultivation, old grape vines, morning harvested by hand and aged on the lees!

Cuvée B de Oisly comes from the terroirs specific to the AOC Touraine Oisly and vines planted around 1965 cultivated organically, located in the towns of Oisly and Choussy. The harvest is done manually by a team of thirty people  in the early morning to keep the freshness of the aromas of this grape variety Le Sauvignon (for the 2018 harvest,faced with the heat wave, the team was ready to roll at sunriseand stopped  at noon ). On leaving the press, this exceptional grape juice is then cold stabilized for a few days (the grape juice is left on these fine lees to allow the natural extraction of the grape's aromas). The alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at 17 °C for 1 month. Then an aging on fine lees is carried out until May.

"Manual harvesting and a long aging on lees allow the expression of this aromatic typical of the terroir of the AOC Touraine Oisly". Cuvée B from Oisly represents 8800 bottles, or around 20% of the Domaine's production.

 

Among 1010 Sauvignons from 26 producing countries, the Cuvée Exponentielle 2017 wins the prestigious "Denis Dubourdieu Trophy 2019" and the Cuvée Angle Droit 2018 wins a Gold Medal.

The World Sauvignon Competition is an instant and annually updated snapshot of the world production of Sauvignon Blanc wines. In 2019, 70 professional tasters representing 20 nationalities will come together for the competition pitting an international selection of 26 wine-growing nations that make up the "white sauvignon planet" one against the another. At the end of the contest, the jurors award gold and silver medals to the best productions listed. On the sidelines of these medals, the special "Denis Dubourdieu" trophy is awarded each year to the wine displaying the purest and most refined expression of Sauvignon. This year, the Cuvée Exponentielle 2017 was awarded this prestigious distinction. The Cuvée Angle Droit 2018 won a gold medal.

The 2017 vintage started very badly with successive frosts at the end of April, for a week. Result : 70% crop loss for Domaine Delobel. After this difficult beginning, nature took back its rights, the growth of the vine too. The 2017 harvest took place during a beautiful Indian summer end of September - early October.

The Cuvée Exponentielle comes from two almost fifty-year-old plots, cultivated in organically, like the whole estate, located in the commune of Oisly : the Musset and the Ponteau. The harvest is done manually by a team of thirty people and in the early morning to keep the freshness of the aromas of this grape variety : Sauvignon. 

                                    

 At the end of the press, this exceptional grape juice is then directly funnelled into 350 to 400 liter barrels, to ferment quietly for several months and be raised on the lees until the next harvest. Despite the passage in these wooden containers, why does the Cuvée Exponentielle keep such a "pure expression of Sauvignon" ? Because the barrel staves used are bent with steam rather than flame to obtain their oval shape. Steam bending respects the aromas of Sauvignon while bringing an elegant structure to the Cuvée Exponentielle. On the other hand, the oak barrels are stored on "Oxoline" castor racks to allow smooth and air-proof batonnage, every month, which has the advantage of protecting it from oxygen.

                    

The Cuvée Exponentielle  2017 represents 1,800 bottles.

 

« Who are we » ?

Benjamin and Sandrine Delobel are passionate about Sauvignon.

They discovered this variety during their adventures in France, Australia and New Zealand.

Benjamin set up his business in 2014. The thirty-year-old, originally from Pas-de-Calais, could very well have taken over a turnkey operation, but instead he decided to create his own winery alone, with a chai and a range of organic wines that resemble him. When he needed to choose the ideal place, the Loire Valley seemed the obvious choice bringing him a little closer to his native region. But if Benjamin Delobel chose Ouchamps (Loir-et-Cher, 41), nestled between the castles of Chambord and Chenonceau, it is for several reasons. Firstly :  for  the love of the grape variety  - Sauvignon Blanc, which the young winemaker even went to tame outside our homeland  in California, Australia and New Zealand. Secondly : for the love of a terroir : that of Oisly giving "very expressive sauvignons" that he appreciates enormously - it is also the town where the first Sauvignon vine was planted! On its 12.5 hectares of vines, 85% of which are Sauvignon Blanc, this "Ch'ti vigneron" has produced wines since 2014 under two names : AOC Touraine and Touraine-Oisly. The rest of its vineyards are composed of 2 ha of Gamay and Pineau d'Aunis, red fruit varieties. Last but not least: an 18th century farmhouse, steeped in history, since it was used in the past for the production of wines.  It is no accident…

Benjamin is assisted by his wife Sandrine, an oenologist who brings her particular skillset to the production  :

- She is an expert on Sauvignon and applies her knowledge in grape harvests, notably in the choice of the date of harvest, in order to optimize the expression of this Sauvignon grape which she studied at the Faculty of Oenology of Bordeaux, notably with Professor Denis Dubourdieu.

– She brings a feminine touch to the blending process.

The result : three Sauvignon vintages produced, including two winners at the 2019 Sauvignon World Cup :

  • Angle Droit - AOC Touraine : mineral, fruity, fresh , clean and pure , this is a "straightforward " organic Sauvignon (Angle Droit 2018 : Gold Medal at the World Sauvignon Competition 2019);
  • B of Oisly - AOC Touraine Oisly : a Sauvignon with volume and substance , and exotic aromas full of richness and maturity;
  • Exponentielle - AOC Touraine : the result of a blend between the complex aromatic expression of the minerality and freshness of Sauvignon and an elegant structure linked to a wooden vinification (Exponentielle 2017: TROPHY DENIS DUBOURDIEU 2019 at the World Sauvignon Competition 2019).

Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2016

Gold medal for the vintage " B de Oisly " 2014 - AOC Touraine Oisly : the confirmation of an exceptional vintage !

   

 

Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2015

Domaine Delobel first medal at the World Contest Sauvignon 2015 for the cuvée "Angle Droit" - AOC Touraine 2014

It's nice !!!