Saint-Bris Vieilles Vignes 2017
A limpid wine with a nose that has an intense fresh minerality with notes of grapefruit, mandarine and peach. The wine has a very pleasing texture upon tasting it is powerful and there is a fine balance between the concentrated flavours of stonefruit, citrus nas blackcurrant leaves and dried fruit. A harmonious and flavoursome wine with a long and elegant finish.
White wines exclusively - Sauvignon.
Saint-Bris-le-Vineux is the only district in Bourgogne where the Sauvignon grape is grown. It is a vigorous variety producing compact bunches of small oval berries of a handsome gold colour when ripe, with thick skins and soft flesh.
Grown on this burgundian terroir, it yields wines which are dry, light, fresh and throughly pleasing.
Lying alongside the river Yonne in the heart of the Auxerrois region, Saint-Bris-le-Vineux is an old stone-built village beneath which are extraordinary medieval cellars, running everywhere, the most astonishing examples of their kind in Bourgogne. They cover 3.5 ha, 60 metres underground. The quarries at nearby Bailly supplied the building stone for the Pantheon in Paris. Saint-Bris is definitely worth a visit.
The soils are derived from various Jurassic limestones ranging from Portlandian to Kimmeridgian. Alluvial soils and fossiliferous Lower Kimmeridgian limestone astartes are found alongside the river and at the foot of the marlylimestone slopes. The best situated plots are on the open hillside facing north, so maturation takes place under ideal conditions which favour the wine’s fruitcontent.
This white wine made next door to Auxerre from the Sauvignon grape is often the colour of pale straw or light gold. Aromas are of citrus fruits (grapefruit, mandarin orange), peach, and crushed blackcurrant leaves with sometimes exotic scents (lychee). This complexity introduces a fruit which is full, flowery and tender, with a hint of salt and spice in the finish. Jammy and preserved-fruit aromas will appear as the wine ages. This is a wine that can be either enjoyed young or after having aged a few years.
This Saint-Bris Vieilles Vignes offers notes of citrus (grapefruit, mandarin), peach and blackcurrant leaves. Sometimes accompanied by exotic nuances (lychee), this complexity leads to a full-bodied, floral and tender fruity tinted with a spicy and iodized finish.
Age will bring him towards aromas of jams and candied fruits.
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|A.O.C controlled designation of origin||This appellation is reserved exclusively for white wines produced within the defined area of the appellation SAINT-BRIS. It was created by a decree dated 10 January 2003 and replaces the former appellation SAUVIGNON DE SAINT-BRIS.|
|Grape variety||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
|Terroir||The soils are derived from various Jurassic limestones ranging from Portlandian to Kimmeridgian. Alluvial soils and fossiliferous Lower Kimmeridgian limestone astartes are found alongside the river and at the foot of the marlylimestone slopes|
|Vineyard||Lying alongside the river Yonne in the heart of the Auxerrois region|
|Vines||Vines 85 years on average, the oldest were planted in 1902|
|Exposure||North West exposure, 5% slope|
|Vine growing||H.V.E. High Environmental Value|
|Harvest||Harvest at optimum maturity, destemming, sorting, skin maceration for a few hours and pneumatic pressing.|
|Winemaking||The winemaking is carried out in stainless steel vats. The natural fermentations are controlled at low temperatures.|
|Breeding||Aging is carried out for 12 to 18 months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks before filtration and bottling.|
|Aging||6 to 12 years|
|Service||Serve chilled but not iced. 12°c|
|Aspect||Green-golden color, limpid, brilliant|
|Nose||An intense fresh minerality with notes of grapefruit, mandarine and peach.|
|Mouth||The wine has a very pleasing texture upon tasting it is powerful and there is a fine balance between the concentrated flavours of stonefruit, citrus nas blackcurrant leaves and dried fruit. A harmonious and flavoursome wine with a long and elegant finish.|
|Accords||Serve with shellfish, goats cheese, steamed fish, sushi, crispy, fresh vegetables and as an operative.|
|Tasting||Very elegant wine, fruit flavors of Sauvignon and complexity of the mineral soil at a time. In the mouth the wine is powerful as an old vine, with lots of fruit and length.|
|Restaurant étoilé||MEIEREI DIRK LUTHER Uferstraße 1, 24960 Glücksburg (Ostsee), Allemagne|
|Guide Hachette des vins||A very well structured, complex, harmonious, powerful and "salivating" Saint-Bris. Behind a mineral and chalky nose, the sweetness of citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange) and vine peach is underlined by a dash of minerality. A delicious wine.|
|Le grand guide des vins de france||coup de coeur 2016 B&D|
|Tim Atkin Master of Wine||93/100|
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