Women in Wine: Clotilde Davenne’s Saint Bris – Sauvignon Blanc From Burgundy

I’ll admit it. I’m not a huge Sauvignon Blanc fan. There, I said it. I don’t find myself seeking them out be they old or new world wines but earlier this evening at Terroir Tribeca, I saw something that intrigued me, a Sauvignon from the Saint Bris area in Burgundy. I knew that this is the only region in all of Burgundy where they grow Sauvignon Blanc but I had never tried one. I decided to give it a whirl, part of the new me..insomma.

The wine was made by Clotilde Davenne, a vigneron from Burgundy who makes a range of exciting wines. This Saint Bris 2008 Vieilles Vignes spent some months aging on its lees and was truly a beautiful expression of the grape variety. The wine is made from 50 to 70 year old vines.

It was refreshing and fruity with good minerality and nice acidity. It was not over the top and made me reconsidered my position that I don’t like Sauvignon Blanc across the board. The new way to phrase it I guess would be that I prefer some styles of Sauvignon to others. I’m feeling more diplomatic already. I guess that Masters degree in Diplomacy serves me well for something :). All kidding aside, this was an exciting find on the ever eclectic and changing wine list at Terroir. Bravi.

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