Sans Bruit VDF Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc)

2018
France
Burgundy

100% Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Gris. From a 0.4-hectare, north-facing plot planted in 1950 on clay-limestone marl over hard limestone in the Sauvignon de St. Bris AOC, an anomaly as an all-Sauvignon appellation in the Chablis region.  Alice and Olivier farm organically and harvest by hand. The fruit is gently pressed and fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wine goes through malo naturally and is aged on its lees without bâtonnage, in 1/3 amphora, 1/3 old demi-muid and 1/3 old barrique.  No sulfur is used at harvest or during vinification. Bottled in February 2020. The wine’s name—literally “without noise” —is a tongue-in-cheek reference to St. Bris, which is pronounced just similarly enough (the De Moors used to seek and bottle under the appellation but the wine was too often deemed “atypical” due to its high ripeness, tropical-leaning fruit character and sometimes residual sugar).

90 points
"The 2018 Sans Bruit is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, which this year produced a wine with 20gm/L residual sugar and 15.5° alcohol. It has a flamboyant nose of menthol, licorice and orange pith aromas storming from the glass. You would be hard pressed to identify the grape varieties. The palate has a sweet entry with dried honey, ginger and rhubarb notes. The sweetness actually works well here, in the sense that it is incorporated into the style of the wine. Almost Germanic, like a Mosel Spätlese in some ways, and well defined and persistent. Intriguing!"
Neal Martin,
Vinous Media
, September 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB0221-18
Product Line: 
White
Varietal: 
Sauvignon Blanc
Farming Type: 
Organic