J. de Villebois - Sancerre - Silex
The hills located on the Eastern part of Sancerre Appellation (overlooking the Loire river) have a Terroir made of clay-siliceous soils composed of flint (Silex), clay and siliceous conglomerates. This rare Terroir (20% of the Sancerre Appellation) gives a unique style to the Sauvignon Blanc and is therefore the most sought-after. The flint has the capacity to capture and reflect the heat from the sun (grapes ripen earlier) and transmit to the wine its distinguished acidity. Thanks to a rigorous work and constant attention, J. de Villebois captures the magical association of the Flint Terroir and the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety.
Silver yellow color. A powerful nose, dominated by flinty notes, blackcurrant and lemon. On the palate, this wine is intense and has minerality. Ripe Citruses flavors are supported by a long lasting and delicate acidity.
The flintstone, present on this soil, transfer their incredible potential to the vines. In order to preserve the exceptional character of this terroir, we practice sustainable soil management all year long. This « Terroir" cuvée is produced from our most beautiful plots over 35 years old.
The grapes are quickly transported to the winery to minimize skin contact before gentle pressing into a pneumatic press. The grape juices are fermented traditionally in stainless steel tanks during 7 to 15 days and also in oak barrels of 228 Litres for a tiny part (~5%).
The newly made wine is aged on its fine lees in stainless steel tanks during at least 6 months. It is then blended and bottled in the spring following the harvest.
The Silex Cuvée is greatly enjoyed with Fish Meunière (Lemon and butter sauce), as an aperitif with dry goat cheese or with Thaï basil chicken.
Appellation : Appellation Sancerre Protégée
Color : Blanc / White
Variety : 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: Dry (<2gr R.S.) and lightly oaked
Alcohol : 12.5%
Serving temperature : 8 - 10°C
Ageing potential : 10 - 12 ans