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Just as Sancerre is considered the pinnacle of Sauvignon Blanc, this could be considered the pinnacle of Sancerre.
Grape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc
Style: Crisp, dry
Drink By: 2014
If ever there was a wine that tasted of the soil in which it was grown, this is it! Philippe Girard's Silex Sancerre opens with a sensational energetic almost crackly nose of gunsmoke, orange oil and earthy stoney notes. The full palate is lively, expressive with pronounced minerality and a long, long finish. Fantastique!
Try with shellfish, river fish such as Trout, and goats cheese.
Silex soils lie on the upper slopes of the Loire River, and Domaine Michel Girard own a particularly prestigious parcel of silex, called Jeugny. This wine was made by Philippe Girard, son of Michel Girard.
Grapes from vines averaging 15 years of age were hand-picked and gently pressed, with fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Normally Michel and Philippe would blend Silex into Sauvignon Blanc from other terroirs in Sancerre, but Philippe believed this cuvée had such a dazzling purity and finesse that he decided to bottle it solely as Silex.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 Silver MedalInternational Wine & Spirits Competition 2010 Bronze MedalSommelier Wine Awards 2010 Silver List
Bronze Medal: International Wine & Spirits Competition 2011
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