2008 FIÉ GRIS Domaine de L'Aujardiere
|Grapes: Sauvignon Gris
||Origin: France, Loire
Lea & Sandeman review
Fié Gris (otherwise known as Sauvignon Gris) is an ancient Loire variety which had all but disappeared before young Eric Chevalier was asked to make a special Cuvée for the renowned Hotel Anne de Bretagne, and this is where we first tasted his wine. This year it was awarded Best White Wine of Show in the Top 100 Vin de Pays tasting in London, and deservedly so. Eric tells us that the grapes look more like Gewürztraminer, larger than Sauvignon with a distinctive yellow bloom. Made with the greatest of care (and minimum of intervention in the vineyard) the pressed juice is left on the skins and pulp for an extended period, and the fermented wine remains on the 'lees' through until January. At every stage the wine is free-run, with no pumping, and bottled after Easter. Finely aromatic, with distinctive notes of pink grapefruit and blueberries on the palate, this is wonderfully refreshing with a very long, mineral finish.
Other reviews and comments
Very smoky on the distinctive, bell pepper nose that slaps you round the chops and awakens the senses: you will either love or hate it. The palate is fresh and citrus on the entry, dried orange peel, sour lemon, a touch of passion fruit towards the crisp green bell pepper finish. Distinctive and original.
ONE OF HIS WINES OF THE YEAR for 2009
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, erobertparker.com
Extreme green and pea capsicum. Intense and powerful in that tightly herbaceous style. Very distinctive, fresh and zesty. But you have to like herbal to like this.
Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com
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