Joel Delaunay

Thierry Delaunay has firmly established the estate he runs with his father in the forefront of this sprawling appellation. The village of Pouillé where he resides is home to several of the top Touraine growers and would seem to be exceptionally privileged, perhaps by dint of its relative elevation. His Sauvignon has developed a devoted following over the last few years for very good reason.

Wine Label - Joel Delaunay 'le grand ballon' Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley 

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2016 Delaunay L’Antique des Cabotières (Touraine)

Thierry’s red wines have achieved a degree of polish and purity in recent vintages that was less apparent in the past. This  uintessential Loire blend has a sumptuous colour, penetrating aroma and a satiny texture on the palate to match its uncompromisingly authentic fruit. (Cabernet Franc, Côt)

Joel Delaunay 2015 La Voute Sauvignon Blanc

A tête de cuvée given skin-contact and extended aging on the lees, it quite overwhelmed us by its combination of precision and generosity. A style that one suspects our Antipodean friends would give their eye-teeth to emulate. A deserving winner of the Guide Hachette’s “Coup de Coeur”. Ridiculous value.

Joel Delaunay 2016 La Voute Sauvignon Blanc

A tête de cuvée given skin-contact and extended aging on the lees, it quite overwhelmed us by its combination of precision and generosity. A style that one suspects our Antipodean friends would give their eye-teeth to emulate. A deserving winner of the Guide Hachette’s “Coup de Coeur”. Ridiculous value.

Joel Delaunay 2017 Gamay (Touraine)

We opted for this slightly more expensive estate-grown Gamay over the entirely acceptable Grand Ballon version on account of its extra endowment and clarity of flavour. Loire Gamay of this quality gives Beaujolais a serious run for its money, with perhaps an even more emphatic minerality to add to its passel of fine qualities.

Joel Delaunay 2017 Rosé ‘Le Grand Ballon’

Pale but definite pink wine artfully blended from Cabernet Franc, Côt and Gamay to a delightfully sprightly effect. It sports that inimitable Loire tension between fruit, acidity and earth components. Already a huge hit.

Joel Delaunay 2017 Sauvignon Blanc ‘Le Grand Ballon’

A splendid successor to its well-received predecessors. Unmistakable but unexaggerated Sauvignon at a bargain price.

Joel Delaunay 2017 Touraine Sauvignon

This cuvée offers real typicité year in and year out and 2017 is in the tradition of full-flavoured, precise and incisive wines that have developed such a following for this impeccable producer.