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.
Mikaël's smallest cuvée of which only around 1000 or so bottles are made each year, depending on the yield of the vintage.
100% Côt from 35 year-old vines in a small parcel of silex and clay at around one third of a hectare. These flinty soils are also dotted with unusual black stones, the eponymous and charmingly-named 'Couilles d'Anes' - donkey balls, as the local vigneron colloquially refer to them. No-one can really explain their presence, but it is most likely an ancient alluvial spread from the historic path of the river Cher.
The grapes are destemmed, foot-crushed and then macerate for 10 days before being pressed off to old 500-litre barrels to rest for 18 months before bottling with a tiny 10mg/l dose of sulphur. The 2020 is the most generously fruit-driven and expressive vintage we have tried so far; the purple-tinged wine coats the glass with its vivid pigment as you swirl it. On the palate it is dense with forest fruits and dark, bitter chocolate. As you'd expect from these soils, a stony mineral streak sits quietly beneath it all.
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.