Sauvignon Blanc "Pichiaux," Noëlla Morantin
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Sauvignon Blanc "Pichiaux," Noëlla Morantin - 2021

Item # 42575 750mL

A luscious, vibrant white wine made from a single vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc. The soils are a mix of clay and flint on limestone. A single vineyard that was planted in 2003 and fermented and aged without any oak.

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

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Staff Pick Notes

Noëlla Morantin makes beautiful wines in Touraine, an appellation in the Loire Valley, but rather than submit her bottles for the AOC to grant appellation status, she bottles her wines as Vin de France. In doing so, she loses the regional recognition that many consumers rely on. The purpose of the AOC is to provide a "sense of place" and to protect the specific profiles wine drinkers have come to expect when hearing names like Sancerre or Chablis. I would argue that Noëlla's wines offer more sense of place than any chemically farmed neighbors. She works organically and has no chemical intervention whatsoever, save for a tiny bit of sulfur added at bottling to help preserve the wine. What you taste is the pure expression of the fruit. Grapefruit, meyer lemon, a seashell minerality, just a hint of green. Wonderfully textured, luscious.

- TI



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.

Sauvignon Blanc

Few varietals have spawned as bizarre a list of descriptors as Sauvignon Blanc. Believe it or not, “cat pee” is in fact a complimentary tasting note, associated with some of the best bottlings. (It’s a somewhat odd way of pointing out herbaceousness in the wine.) Cat pee aside, Sauvignon Blanc (sometimes called "Fumé Blanc" in California) is a bit of a chameleon in terms of style, and quite utterly at the whim of the winemaker. Some are fermented in barrel, others in stainless steel. Some...

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