2022 Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley, France (750ml)

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The Bourgeois family has been cultivating vines in the Loire Valley for eleven generations! In the 1950s, Henri Bourgeois planted five acres on the slopes of Chavignol, a hamlet in the Sancerre appellation that was fairly unknown at the time. Henri recognized the excellent potential of the land and the exceptionally diverse terroir that it offered. Joined by his sons, Jean-Marie and Rémi a decade later, the Bourgeois family became ambassadors for Sancerre; showcasing the purity of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and the myriad of expressions that can be achieved from the mosaic of soils found throughout the Chavignol region. Today, the estate is run by Arnaud, Lionel, and Jean-Christophe Bourgeois who adhere to the original vision set forth by Henri. The vineyards are planted across 72 acres of the esteemed Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations in four diverse soil types: Terres Blanches, Les Caillottes, Marnes Kimméridgiennes and Les Silex, which all contribute different qualities to the wines; each soil type is tended to and farmed differently to bring out the truest expression of the terroir.

The family only uses organic fertilizers, and strives to meticulously maintain the vines by means of green pruning, managing water stress and using cover crops. The vineyard elevation allows for perfect sun exposure, while the nearby springs keep the vineyard soils cool. The gravity-flow winery employs gentle grape handling at each stage of winemaking, maturation, and even the bottling process. 100% Sauvignon Blanc fermented in thermo-regulated stainless-steel tanks at a low temperature, thus extending the fermentation to encourage and preserve more intense aromas in the wine. Aged for 3 months on fine lees before bottling.

Pale straw yellow. Inviting aromas of citrus mixed with tropical fruit. Fresh and clean on the palate with flavors of tart citrus, apple core, with a savory note and a plenty of minerality. The finish is short yet mouthwatering, making this a wonderful companion to many cuisines.

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