Domaine Bersan St. Bris 2016
Works well as an aperitif and is a great partner for shellfish, light fish, cold salads and goat cheese.
Jean-Christophe Bersan pulls some Sauvignon from tank. The Bersans also make a red wine from the neighboring village Irancy. They are currently in conversion to organic viticulture, and will be certified in 2011.
Average yields for their Saint Brie Sauvignon Blanc is around 55 hectoliters per hectare, or 3.5 tons per acre. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless-steel tanks, where about 33% of the wine passes its malolactic fermentation.
A tiny, solitary white producing appellation west of Chablis but east of the Loire, St. Bris is a bit of a peculiarity as it is technically part of Burgundy but produces non-Burgundian grapes. St-Bris produces highly aromatic whites with qualities of grapefruit, mandarin, peach, lychee, salinity and spice from both Sauvignons: Gris and Blanc. St-Bris wine is wonderful with shellfish, goat cheese and spicy curries.
Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.