Vineyard: Tiny plot of young vines of Fié Gris, a lesser known ancestor of Sauvingon Blanc. Grapes are harvested from the lieu-dits of Cote de la Canne and Cornevin et Moury, average vine age is 20 years old.
Soil: Terres Blanches/Kimmeridgien clay
Viticulture: The vineyards are farmed using biodynamic practices and all grapes are harvested by hand. Fié Gris yields are very low.
Vinification: The wine is fermented using natural yeasts in stainless steel at low temperatures, followed by malolactic and aging on the lees in tank.
Aging: aged in tank
Production: 5,000 cases
Notes: Enchanting and exotic aromatics without being excessive. Comparable to a fine Alsatian Pinot Gris, but with perhaps more finesse.
Publication: Wine advocate
The 2015 Saint-Bris Corps de Garde has a wonderful, effervescent orange zest and mandarin-scented bouquet that exudes mineralité. Later there is a touch of wild heather. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity that cuts through the waxy-textured, slightly resinous, pithy fruit. This is very complex and very sappy in the mouth so that you can feel the saliva flowing immediately after the wine has been swallowed. It will be fascinating to see how this will age.