2019 Tue-Bœuf Frileuse
Notes from the importer - Andrew Guard:
1/3 each Sauvignon Blanc, Fié Gris and Chardonnay. The name of the site, Frileuse, roughly translates as "little cold one", a nod to the flat, frost-prone nature of this vineyard. These three varieties are co-planted in one 3.8-hectare estate site, Fié Gris being the historical name for Sauvigon Gris, itself an old variation of Sauvignon Blanc originating in Bordeaux (it tends to be fuller-bodied, softer, richer in texture). The vines are planted on flinty clay soils, range from 4 to 47 years old and are organically farmed and hand-harvested. The wine is fermented with natural yeasts and aged on its lees with bâtonnage for 8 months in used demi-muids and Burgundy barrels; bottled unfiltered and with a minute amount of sulphur. Because Frileuse lies within the original Clos, the home estate of Tue-Bœuf in Cheverny, the full estate name features prominently at the top of the label; the wine is classified as Cheverny AOC.This 2018 is a beauty that brims with resonant succulent fruit and has an appealing succulence and brightness that fans of this estate will recognise, the wine brings a smile and finishes with a satisfying minerally zing!