Mikaël Bouges French Clara 2020

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Touraine, Loire, france
Sauvignon Blanc
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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Mikaël's first, and impressively succesful, bottling of a completely 'sans souffre' still wine. In many ways this is the no-suphur version of his popular 'Pente de Chavigny' cuvée - from vines of Sauvignon Blanc planted over highly mineral gravelly limestone soils and vinified completely in tank, for that squeaky clean finish. Less steely than Chavigny, the fruit displays a tropical-leaning ripeness and is perfectly fresh and open. The stability of this wine is testament to his long-time organic vineyard work, providing the higest-quality raw materials. This wine opens beautifully over a number of days. A welcome addition to Mikaël's portfolio!

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 calcerous 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. We feel they are very classical in their expression; clean, bright and with incredible purity. We love to show them to people who are in some way dubious about this very logical way of working - Mikaël’s wines tend to put paid to the sceptics. The wines from younger vines are made in tank and are great for the table; the older vines see an extended elevage in old barrels and invite deeper contemplation.