Gérard Fiou, Terroir Silex Sancerre 2018

Brilliant pale lemon hue 

Full and expressive on the nose, with notes of white grapefruit, greengage, and honeysuckle

Quite voluptuous for a Sancerre with a racy streak of acidity, and lovely layers of fruit and minerality

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About the Producer

A small family domaine in the east of the Sancerre appellation

Gerard Fiou started with just 5 hectares in the beautiful village of Saint-Satur in the Central Vineyards of the Loire Valley.

Today he has 34 hectares and the domaine is the only estate in Sancerre with equal parts limestone and flint in the vineyard which contributes to the pure and fresh texture of this particular Sancerre. 

 

Only a small percentage of terroir in Sancerre is made up of this soil type, which is much more common in neighboring Pouilly-Fume.This, combined with unusually old vines, means memorable Sancerre with deep minerality.

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  • Grapes

    100% ​Sauvignon Blanc

     

    Sauvignon Blanc is a white skin grape variety that produces zesty, crisp, refreshing white wine. It is primarily used for making dry wine but is one of the key varieties in the famous dessert wines of Sauternes in Bordeaux.

    It's home is the Loire Valley in France but you can find vibrant, zesty, and high quality Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand. 

  • Region

    Sancerre, Loire Valley

     

    The climate of the valley is particularly suited to slowing the ripening on the vine, allowing the grape more time to develop a balance between its acidity and sugar levels; key to the development of intense aromas.

    Terroir plays an important role here; the chalk and kimmeridgean marl of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé producing wines of richness and complexity.

  • Viticulture

    Converting to Organic  

     

    A Sancerre of this quality comes from old Sauvignon vines (over 60 years old!) planted on the famous flinted hills of St-Satur, covering the eastern side of the Sancerre appellation.  

     

       Low yielding to ensure an optimum maturity.  

     

    Organic farming of the vines with traditional ploughing of the soil.  

     

    Green harvest and manual leaf thinning.

  • Vinification

    • Vinified in thermo regulated stainless steel tanks

    • this wine, maturing on its fine lees, is regularly suspended by “bâtonnage” for more than 6 months

  • Wine Spec

    Vintage: 2018

    Alcohol: 13%

    Name of Producer:

    Gérard Fiou

    Name of Wine:

    Terroir Silex

     

    Winemaker:

    Gérard Fiou

    Origin: 

    Sancerre, Loire

    Vegan

  • A Moveable Feast

    A False Spring

    Another day later that year when we had come back from one of our voyages and had good luck at some track again we stopped at Prunier's on the way home, going in to sit at the bar after looking at the clearly priced wonders in the window.

    We had oysters and crab mexicane with glasses of Sancerre. 

Plated Fish Fillet

Wine & Food Matching Ideas

Fresh seafood

Goats cheese

Roast herbed chicken

Sole with chanterelle mushrooms in a garlic cream

Pad thai

Seafood pasta

Artichokes

Asparagus

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Try it with

Seafood gratin with caramelised apples

by 

Rick Stein

This slightly richer style of Sancerre goes well with a wider variety of foods. It's still crisp and dry, but has a little more oomph and therefore pairs nicely with more hearty dishes as we go into Autumn. This flavourful take on a fisherman's pie is a great match.

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