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Pierre Beauger Rotten Highway 2015

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Montaigut-le-Blanc, Auvergne, France
Sauvignon Blanc
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

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Saying bottles from Pierre Beauger are hard to come by is something of an understatement. Pierre works a tiny plot of vines (less than 1.5 hectares) in the Auvergne. Yields are low and selection of grapes is incredibly stringent, resulting in fiercely uncompromising wine in minuscule quantities. The harvest is very late meaning some of the grapes are at extreme maturity, some with botrytis, leading to a wonderfully complex array of unexpected flavours and textures.  This Sauvignon Blanc is almost unrecognisable as such, the juice has a pulpy opacity redolent of pressed apple juice and the wine shows influence of skin contact and time in old barrels. Dried apricots, tropical mango and lychee, incredible depth of flavour... it is no wonder Pierre's wines are so sought-after.