Anyway this 2008 is bottled at Le Cave de Valençay at Fontguenand (http://www.cave-valencay.com/) a few miles north of Valençay. It is a blend of 80% Sauvignon and 20% Chardonnay – the legislation for the Valençay appellation obliges producers to add a percentage of Chardonnay to their Sauvignon as pure Sauvignon is not allowed. Why? you might well ask. I suspect that this has more to do with wine politics than famously hallowed typicité. As you can see the label is modern – also the bottle is closed with a screwcap. The wine is clean and well-made with refreshing lemon and grapefruit characters and the addition of the Chardonnay rounds and fills out the palate. It has a citric and mineral finish. Good as an aperitif with fish, especially shellfish, and probably with a goats' cheese from Valençay, which comes in the form of a truncated pyramid.
* 24th January 2010: I'm told that it is Sébastien's brother who works for Claude Lafond in Reuilly. Sébastien trained with Jean Tatin (Domaine des Ballandors/Domaine de Tremblay) in Quincy before returning to Valançay. I gather that Sébastien, along with a friend called Damien, have resurrected the Valançay cooperative, which used to be a fairly large coop until it fell into disrepair. The coop now has just two members making it a serious candidate to be the smallest coop in France.