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Philippe Girard Silex Sancerre 2011

Loire, France

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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.

2008 vintage:

Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 Silver Medal
International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010 Bronze Medal
Sommelier Wine Awards 2010 Silver List 

2009 vintage:

Bronze Medal: International Wine & Spirits Competition 2011 

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Alcohol: 13.5%
Style: Crisp, dry
Closure: Cork
Drink by: 2014

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