2018 Alice and Olivier de Moor 'Sans Bruit' Sauvignon Blanc
Alice & Olivier De Moor have been making wine in Courgis, a small village 7 km southwest of Chablis since 1989. Olivier is a Chablis native, and Alice grew up in the Jura, the two met at a large Chablis estate where Olivier was managing the vineyards. Both are graduated enologists, with enough knowledge and early confidence to take a radically different direction for their vines and wines than their neighbours, being the first to go Bio-dynamic in Chablis, they hand harvest, use no SO2 at harvest or during the vinification. Aging is done in Burgundian barrels of different ages for the Bourgogne Chitry. The Sauvignon Blanc, which often takes over a year to ferment, is aged in tanks.
Their production is miniscule and very highly sought after, and our allocation reflects that.‘Sans Bruit’ is a wine difficult to describe. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, this has too much residual sugar to suit the appellation (the limit is 4 g/l) so they call it Sans Bruit instead. From an old plot planted in the 1950s, harvested by hand. The fruit gently pressed and fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wine goes through malo naturally and is aged on without stirring of the lees, in 1/3 amphora, 1/3 old demi-muid and 1/3 old barrique. Bottled in February 2020. 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 residual sugar. Liken this to drinking a Mosel Riesling, 20g/l residual sugar and 14% alcohol.
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