2022 Gerard Fiou Sancerre Blanc
Domaine Gérard Fiou is a French family business in the eastern Loire region, founded by the ancestors of Gérard Fiou and taken over by the friendly Bourgeois family after his retirement. This family is the leading maker of Sancerre and Pouilly wines: their expertise is of great benefit to the Domaine Gerard Fiou winery! Wine has been made in this area since the 15th century, and monks have helped further develop viticulture. The terroir of the vineyard of Domaine Gérard Fiou has long been considered too difficult for viticulture, now all winegrowers in the area agree that this is the most interesting terroir of Sancerre AOP. The 24 hectare domain has belonged to the Fiou family for several generations. The vineyards are planted on the particularly rich 'silex' soil in the area around Saint-Satur. This exceptional terroir provides optimal ripening of the grapes by storing the sun's heat and releasing this heat evenly at night. Under the leadership of Gerard Fiou, the domain is completely organic and officially certified since 2010.
The Gerard Fiou Sancerre Terroir Silex comes from a special 'terroir' that creates the special character of a sauvignon blanc. The grapes have ripened on flint (Silex/Slate) soils. The fermentation takes place in INOX tanks, after which the juice undergoes 6 months of maturation 'on the lie'. Intense powerful bouquet of stone fruit with smoky aromas of herbs. Now perfectly balanced, delicate with ever new facets in the taste.
Sancerre is the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc like Burgundy is the birthplace of Pinot Noir: it seems that the whole world Sauvignon Blanc is trying to emulate the excellence of Sancerre's output. Each wine region has its own idiosyncrasies, and it's fun to taste the expression of the terroir (and winemakers' style) in wines from the same grape variety grown in different areas, sometimes on different continents. Yet Sancerre is the champion in his field. The Loire divides the region in two. On the left bank we find Sancerre itself, where the hills are rich in limestone and clay, with soils so calcareous that they are called "white soils" (terres blanche), because they become very light when dry. On the right bank is the Pouilly-Fumé Subregion, whose northeastern soils are richer in clay-flint. This type of soil is also found on the other bank of the river, so it is difficult to make a clear geological separation between Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Gravel soil of erosive origin is scattered here and there throughout the Sancerre region, so optimal drainage is also guaranteed, slopes do the rest.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Mineral, Tense, White fruit
|Cadeau!, Indruk maken, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras