Sauvignon Blanc, grown on clay and limestone soils. Macerated on the skins for 24 hours, fermented and raised in stainless steel.
When Julien found out that Catherine Roussel of Clos Roche Blanche wanted to sell her land, he quickly jumped on the opportunity to invest in the legendary site with partner Laurent Saillard. The two have split the 12 hectares 50/50: Julien now works with 6 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc, Côt, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and, appropriately, Pineau D'Aunis.
2015 was Julien's first vintage. In the vines, the inherited greatness of the Clos's terroir remains respected: the land is worked by horse and the soils are permitted to exist in harmony with the hundreds of plants and insects that inhabit them. Julien's wife is an agronomist, so future plans for the land include fruit trees and free-roaming animals to push poly-culture to the next level. In the cellar, no addition of sulfur is used at any point and Julien favors long élevages of his cuvées, often releasing them 12 to 24 months after harvest.
Like most Loire lovers, I'm obsessed with the wines connected to Clos Roche Blanche. This is a great introduction to this historic site and it's a Sauvignon Blanc that will make you forget all those insipid ones. With delicate tropical fruit, it's honestly a steal for $34.
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