Gerard Fiou’s small 9 hectare estate sits on the hillside of Saint-Satur on the Eastern side of the Sancerre appellation. The unique flint soils here lend a whole different set of aromatics to his wines, and a very different type of minerality as well. This wine is composed of fruit from the oldest vines on his estate, all at least 60 years old. The intensity of old vine fruit is immediately apparent here. While the wine is light and vibrant like any good Sancerre, it is also very textural on the palate, with concentrated tropical fruits and steely minerality. Gerard matures his wine in a blend of both stainless steel and new French oak barrels, and employs battonage to create the lovely textural palate of the wine. The use of some new French oak is perhaps surprising in such a clean, crisp wine, but it further adds to the complexity of the palate, while slightly taming the vibrant acidity. Although this wine is very intriguing in its own right, it is also a perfect accompaniment to goat cheese and cured meats, or a rustic leek and potato galette.
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