A tiny portion of Julien's holdings are in the recently designated appellation of Monnières-Saint Fiacre. Monnières-Saint Fiacre received its exalted status, like the other designated crus, for the quality and uniqueness of its soils. In the case of Monnières-Saint Fiacre, it is the old vines that sit on gneiss (layered, metamporhic granite if you break it down). This is amazing Muscadet with crushed seashell, white fruit, spices and a hint of herbs. Stone fruits join the chorus on the palate and there is a fine, refreshing, mineral-tinged finish. Truly an elegant wine. A stellar pairing of course with oysters, but it works well with any mild fish or roast chicken. No danger stashing several of these at the back of the cellar to develop over the next ten years.
This wine is hand harvested, with only natural yeasts used for fermentation after a gentle press, followed by ageing in glass-lined, underground cement vats. This wine spent over 24 months on the lees. A truly quality-minded approach has resulted in a wine of complexity, texture and balance.
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MELON DE BOURGOGNE
Light-Bodied White Wine
France, Loire Valley