Saint-Bris, Clotilde Davenne
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Saint-Bris, Clotilde Davenne - 2018

Item # 20932 750mL
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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

Clotilde Davenne was the head oenologist at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard before she started her own 8-hectare estate. Her Sauvignon is a lean style, green, herbal and full of fossilized shellfish minerality. Drink this with oysters and tangy, fresh goat cheese.

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Staff Pick Notes

The appellation of Saint-Bris is remarkable for several reasons. Most notably, it is the only region within Burgundy to allow wine made from Sauvignon Blanc instead of Chardonnay. Located not far from Chablis, Saint-Bris also shares the same Jurassic-era soil, a type of limestone-rich clay called Kimmerigian, which provides this wine's refreshing acidity and minerality. In addition to these signature traits, look for refreshing white flower, peach, apricot and fresh cut herbs in the bouquet of this lovely example from Davenne. This is a knockout French Sauvignon Blanc in my book. The next time you are contemplating a Sancerre, why not grab a Saint-Bris instead?

- DY

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