VDF Blanc “Roche Blanche”, Julien Pineau
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VDF Blanc “Roche Blanche”, Julien Pineau - 2020

Item # 43955 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
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Production Methods




Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.

Tasting Notes

A serious Sauvignon Blanc from 1.5 ha of vines certified organic in 1999 within the Clos Roche Blanche vineyard that has since been taken over by natural winemaker Julien Pineau.

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Staff Pick Notes

The Sauvignon Blanc-driven wines of the Clos Roche Blanche, a naturally-farmed vineyard in the Touraine zone of the Loire, are some of the most sought-after and collectible natural wines out there. The previous operators of the estate, Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet, retired in 2014, but thankfully young vigneron Julien Pineau inherited this wild slice of terroir, and has continued the low-intervention practices (no chemicals, wild weeds everywhere) of his predecessors, where he’s been producing beautiful wine for the last few years. Pineau's Roche Blanche is not your everyday Touraine Sauvignon Blanc; it plays that great balancing act of screaming acid and lush body, of salty minerality and generous fruit. While it's bottled without sulfur, this is an elegant and focused natural wine. Give it a decant and enjoy with some fish!

- CB

Astor's Glossary of Terms


There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.

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