Bone-dry Touraine Sauvignon Blanc in a classical expression that really harnesses the mineral imprint of the alluvial gravel soils over which it is grown. Steely and precise, with sharp lime citrus. Find out more.
A limited, large-format magnum bottling of Mikaël's entry-point white made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc from a mixture of five different parcels, each planted over gravelly limestone. The grapes are direct-pressed, then fermented and raised in steel for a pristine, bone-dry and whistle-clean style. The fruit is harvested once it has shed those clichéd, underripe grassy green characteristics, and its sharp line of acidity is emphasised by the wine naturally not completing malolactic fermentation.
The very hot, dry 2022 vintage brings a return to the lean and linear style of 2020. Searching for water the well-established vines have rooted right down to into the limestone bedrock, bringing pronounced minerality and zippy zestiness by the mouthful.
Mikaël Bouges works 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 had already established the domaine as certified organic 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. The vines sit in the vicinity of the river Cher and as a result have soils of gravelly limestone, speckled with various alluvial deposits of quartz and silex left behind from the historical flow of the water over the centuries. His trademark style is to translate this mineral aspect into the wine - they clearly speak of this typically middle-Loire terroir. In the cellar the wines ferment spontaneously and are not filtered or fined, some with just a small amount of sulphur used only at bottling, some with none at all. We feel they can be very classical in their expression; clean, bright and with incredible purity. We love to pour them for those who are in some way dubious about this very logical way of working - Mikaël’s wines tend to put paid to the sceptics. Displaying an uncanny knack for the ancestral method, Mikaël produces a couple of immaculate pét-nats made with zero additions that number some of the more easygoing and immediate of his output. He also recently began to experiment with a no-sulphur Sauvignon Blanc cuvée, to much success. His other wines are made under the Touraine AOC and display a certain typicity. Those from the younger vines are made completely in tank and are ideal for the table; the older vines see an extended élevage in old barrels and invite deeper contemplation.