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Coteaux Giennois is a Loire wine appellation that is similar to Sancerre. Terre de Silex is the name given to the specific flinty soils that give this light Sauvignon Blanc subtle aromas of gunflint. The Berthier brothers are relatively young to have taken over the family winery but they have both gained experience from their father before them and from working in vineyards overseas. Back home they now aim to “ respect and enhance our terroir.” They have practised sustainable growing for many years and & use environmentally-friendly practices in the vineyards, intervening as little as possible in the winemaking, to allow each wine to express its full potential. In the winery each plot's grapes are vinified separately to highlight the terroir.
This wine took me aback when I first tasted it blind in Autumn 2021. I loved it but to be honest I wasn't really sure what it could be - I was surprised to find out it was 100% Sauvignon Blanc because it's not a big tropical fruit style of Sauvignon nor the gooseberry Marlborough style. It's somehow light and yet complex, the complexity from those flinty soils and from the lees ageing (not in oak) - green apples and subtle lime with a lovely silky texture. Like the Bruno Blondelet Pouilly Fumé, this wine has a very light creaminess but is essentially light and refreshingly crisp
Like Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé, this wine will go well with seafood, fish and poultry dishes. Also, perhaps surprisingly, it can cope with goats cheese, ricotta even feta and Parmesan and acidic food like vinaigrette and tomatoes. The producer suggests "A wine for enjoying with food, complex, delicate, try it with sushi, tuna Carpaccio or a strong cheese."
"Displaying a golden yellow colour, Terre de Silex opens with a typical nose, blending the elegant crispness of the sauvignon with a gunflint character. On the palate, the attack is forthright and taut with a nice minerality, good body and an unparalleled presence…"
Coteaux Giennois is a lesser-known Loire wine appellation given to wines similar to Sancerre. Terre de Silex is the name given to the specific flinty soils that give this light Sauvignon-Blanc subtle aromas of gunflint. Complex flavours & silky smooth texture from lees ageing. I couldn't actually believe this was Sauvignon Blanc when I first tasted it!