100% Sauvignon Blanc. Averaging 20 years old, Valérie's vines are planted on clay-limestone soils in the heart of the Cher valley of the Touraine region in the Loire. She farms them organically (soon to be certified) and harvests them by hand as of the 2016 vintage. The grapes are destemmed and direct-pressed, with the juice cooled down immediately and settled naturally. Fermentation is spontaneous with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and fiberglass vats. The wine usually goes through malolactic fermentation and is aged in vat before being bottled without fining or filtering. Sulfur use is modest during vinification, aging and bottling, finishing at a total of 35 mg/liter.
-BowlerAbout: Valérie Forgues' story is one of twists and turns, highs and lows, perseverance and overcoming adversity. The unexpected disciple of Clos Roche Blanche's Didier Barrouillet, she initially had no intention of becoming a vigneronne. Read more here.