Grapes, Sauvignon Blanc
Serving: Cold (6–11°C)
About: Mikaël's first, and impressively succesful, bottling of a completely 'sans souffre' still wine. From vines of Sauvignon Blanc planted over highly mineral gravelly limestone soils and vinified completely in tank, for that squeaky clean finish.
Mikaël Bouges works organically over 8 hectares of land split into various parcels dotted around Faverolles-sur-Cher in Touraine. He learned to tend vines and make wine with his father who also worked organically as far back as the early 90s, so a thoughtful approach in the vineyard and in the cellar has been with him from the start. Mikaël seeks to express the varied alluvial soil types he works over, and only makes single varietal wine from each of the individual parcels. The changing course of the river Cher over the centuries has left a patchwork of calcareous limestone soils, much of which are speckled with quartz and silex. The resulting wines are profoundly mineral and represent a real sense of place. In the cellar the wines ferment spontaneously and are not filtered or fined, with a small amount of sulphur used only at bottling.