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Domaine Bernard Fleuriet Sancerre Pur Jus

$46.00

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Vintage: 2022
Region: Loire Valley, France
Viticulture: Organic and Biodynamic
Grape varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Domaine Bernard Fleuriet Sancerre Pur Jus brings a new dimension to both Sauvignon Blanc and this famed region of France. Natural from the beginning. Baked apple and ripe fruit flavors are balanced by a touch of toastiness, giving richness. Final acidity provides a crisp shot at the end.

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NATTINESS

Natty

FRUIT

Citrus, Yellow Apple

BODY

Light-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

ALCOHOL

12-13%

OAK

Neutral Oak

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Cool Whites and Orange (53°–57°)

SULFUR

Zero Sulfur Added

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Domaine Bernard Fleuriet Sancerre Pur Jus

Domaine Bernard Fleuriet Sancerre Pur Jus brings a new dimension to both Sauvignon Blanc and this famed region of France. Natural from the beginning with native yeast fermentation in stainless steel vats, no winemaking additions, and aged in neutral French oak. Baked apple and ripe fruit flavors are balanced by a touch of toastiness, giving richness. Final acidity provides a crisp shot at the end. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with no sulfur addition.

About Domaine Bernard Fleuriet

Since 1991, the Domaine Fleuriet has developed its vineyards on 20 ha of sloping and fallow land belonging to the Sancerre appellation. The estate is representative of the typicity and diversity of the Sancerre region and the vines are present on the three great Sancerre terroirs (flint, caillottes, and white earth). Sensitive to environmental concerns and a passion for quality, the Domaine no longer uses weed killers on the farm and has been cultivating its vineyards organically since 2013 and certified organic in 2016.

About Sancerre

Sancerre is a small wine district in central France, famous for its crisp, aromatic white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. It is also known for its high-quality goat cheeses, which are an excellent match for the local wine. The vineyards here surround the eponymous town, which sits atop a bean-shaped hill overlooking the river Loire. It is only since the mid-20th Century, and the creation of a protected Sancerre appellation, that “Sancerre” has been so strongly associated with white wines.

Before this, the district was better known for its light-bodied reds. Until phylloxera wiped out vast tracts of vineyard in the 1860s, the vineyards here were planted mostly with Gamay and Pinot Noir. White wines were in the minority and were made not from Sauvignon but from Chasselas. When the solution to the phylloxera epidemic was identified (grafting European vines onto American rootstocks) Sauvignon Blanc vines proved more responsive than these other varieties. Thus, Sauvignon came to be Sancerre’s most widely planted variety – a development without which the district and its wines would probably not be as famous as they currently are.

Today, small quantities of Chasselas are still grown in the area, mostly on the opposite side of the Loire, around Pouilly-sur-Loire, and red Sancerre Rouge – made exclusively from Pinot Noir – accounts for less than 20 percent of the district’s annual production.

The Sancerre viticultural area covers a 15-mile stretch of rolling hills on the west bank of the Loire. Roughly 6970 acres (2820ha) of vines are now devoted to producing the appellation’s wines, almost double the acreage when the Sancerre appellation was created in November 1936.

Sancerre is located at the very eastern edge of Loire Valley’s main vineyard area, hundreds of miles from the region’s westernmost vineyards. Vineyards are found mostly planted on the hills with a favorable south-facing slope to increase sun exposure at altitudes between 200 to 400 meters (655 to 1310 feet) above sea level.

It is closer to the Côte d’Or in Burgundy than to the Loire’s other key wine districts, Anjou and Touraine. Just 50 miles away lies Burgundy’s northernmost district, Chablis, whose famous Kimmeridgian soils are also a feature of the terroir here in Sancerre, particularly around the village of Chavignol.

Relatedly, soil types are a point of pride for Sancerre’s winegrowers. They are divided clearly into three main types: chalk, limestone-gravel, and silex (flint). The latter is often given credit for the distinctive, smoky pierre à fusil (gunflint) aroma found in some Sauvignon from this part of the Loire Valley. The aroma is clear in some Sancerre wines – most obviously those from the eastern vineyards closer to the Loire. It is the reason behind Sauvignon’s traditional pseudonym Blanc Fumé – which survives in the name of Sancerre’s neighbor and rival, Pouilly-Fumé.