This comes from Saint-Bris, a tiny village that borders Chablis – with the same kimmeridgian soil that makes Chablis so distinctive and unique. But since they’re just (and I mean just) outside the official Chablis boundary, they’re able to grow a grape those in Chablis can’t: Sauvignon Blanc.
The result is a Sauvignon Blanc that is pure minerality – to a level that is usually reserved for far more expensive Sancerres from Chavignol. It’s a no-frills wine too (in a good way) fully certified biodynamic, hand-picked and fermented in stainless steel so that it accentuates the full aromatic and flavor profile that’s completely unique to Kimmeridgian soil.
I tasted this gem last week which hails from just outside of Burgundy and fell for it right away. The winery is located in a medieval prison so it’s super cold in the cellar and the fermentation takes much longer than neighboring wineries.
The results make it very worth the wait. An elegant Sauv Blanc with green apple, pear, and piercing minerality for the limestone. It’s got great weight, making it the perfect candidate to pair with food and nearly a must at the Thanksgiving table.
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91 Points, Neil Martin – Vinous
The 2020 Saint-Bris Exogyra Virgula, which was taken from tank, has a light apple blossom bouquet with a lovely lemon thyme scent. The patate is fresh, vibrant and very saline, delivering good density and flavors of green apple mixed with pear toward the finish. Superb.