|Grape/Varietal : Sauvignon Blanc, Fie Gris, Chardonnay||Color : White|
|Origin : France||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Loire||ABV : 13.61%|
|Vintage : 2019||Natural Factor: AB Organic|
Being a farmer implies bearing ecological responsibility; this is why Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat converted the estate to organic vine-growing as soon as 1996. Since being a winemaker implies offering singular, digestible wines, the vinifications are performed without oenological additives since 1994.
Grape harvest is performed by hand, in order to sort grapes and keep only healthy and ripe ones. The vinification process involves no input. Only very low doses of sulfites may be added upon bottling.
The vinifications, performed without any provision of yeasts, are quite long. Barrel ageing allows natural maturation and settling of the wine.
Only the wines aged in steel vats may be slightly filtered. Wines aged in tronconical tanks and barrels are bottled without any filtration.
For the Puzelats, making wine entails positioning as an intermediary between the soil and the glass of wine. Making the best of the parcels’ diversity. Imprinting the terroir’s and the vintage’s character. Offering vintages that express the place where they come from and the climate that witnessed their birth.
1/3 each Sauvignon Blanc, Fié Gris and Chardonnay. The name of the site, Frileuse, roughly translates as "little cold one", a nod to the flat, frost-prone nature of this vineyard. These three varieties are co-planted in one 3.8-hectare estate site, Fié Gris being the historical name for Sauvigon Gris, itself an old variation of Sauvignon Blanc originating in Bordeaux (it tends to be fuller-bodied, softer, richer in texture). The vines are planted on flinty clay soils, range from 4 to 47 years old and are organically farmed and hand-harvested. The wine is fermented with natural yeasts and aged on its lees with bâtonnage for 8 months in used demi-muids and Burgundy barrels; bottled unfiltered and with a minute amount of sulphur. Because Frileuse lies within the original Clos, the home estate of Tue-Bœuf in Cheverny, the full estate name features prominently at the top of the label; the wine is classified as Cheverny AOC.
This 2018 is a beauty that brims with resonant succulent fruit and has an appealing succulence and brightness that fans of this estate will recognise, the wine brings a smile and finishes with a satisfying minerally zing!
Pairs Well With:
Roast mushroom gnocchi
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