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Clément & Florian Berthier Coteaux Giennois "Terre de Silex" 2021

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£25.50

Clément & Florian Berthier’s Coteaux Giennois Terre de Silex is a crisp Loire Sauvignon Blanc similar in style to Sancerre. Low in alcohol, it’s a subtle style of Sauvignon Blanc with flinty aromas from the silex soils

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Wine Style

White Wine, Crisp Light White

Grape Variety

Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Region

Loire

Country

France

ABV

12.5%

Oaked

No

Cork

Yes

Lifestyle

Vegan, Organic Uncertified

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2027

Description

Terre de Silex 2021 or Clément & Florian Berthier Coteaux Giennois Terre de Silex 2021 to give it its full name is a beautiful Loire white wine from the Coteaux Giennois appellation. A previous vintage of this wine took me aback when I first tasted it blind. I loved it but to be honest I wasn’t really sure what it was – I was surprised to find out it was 100% Sauvignon Blanc because I am not a big fan Sauvignon and yet I loved this wine. It’s not a big tropical fruit style of Sauvignon nor the gooseberry Marlborough style – Terre de Silex 2021 is both light and complex, its complexity coming from the flinty soils in its vineyards (the ‘silex’) and from the lees ageing. It tastes of green apples and subtle lime and has a lovely silky texture. The sunny 2021 vintage ensured ripeness of grapes which lends a few subtle tropical fruit notes and a light creaminess to the wine but it is essentially light and refreshingly crisp, like the Bruno Blondelet Pouilly Fumé another Loire fine white wine appellation.

 

Coteaux Giennois is a fairly new Loire wine appellation producing wines that are similar to Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. 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 have taken over the family winery and they have both gained experience from their father before them and from working in vineyards overseas. They aim to “ respect and enhance our terroir”, having practised sustainable growing for many years, using environmentally-friendly practices in the vineyards and intervening as little as possible in the winemaking to allow each wine to express its full potential. The wine is terroir-focused and in the winery each plot’s grapes are vinified separately to highlight the terroir specific to each plot.

 

 

How to enjoy this wine

Excellent on its own but, like Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé, this wine will also go well with seafood, fish and poultry dishes. Perhaps surprisingly, it can cope with goat’s 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.”

 

Serve at: 10 – 12°C

Producer's Notes

“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…”

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