Val de Mer Saint-Bris Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, Burgundy, France

13 Aug

DSCN1780-001Saint-Bris is the only appellation in Burgundy designated for Sauvignon (Blanc and Gris) production, a certain distinction in a land where Chardonnay rules the realm. Sauvignon Blanc from the region exhibits minerality typical of Chardonnays from neighboring Chablis, and is similar stylistically to the wines of Sancerre in the nearby Loire Valley. Val de Mer is racy and clean, with lemony citrus flavors and grassy notes underscored by brisk, diamond-cut minerality. Beautiful, expressive Sauvignon Blanc, perfect with scallops seared in preserved-lemon compound butter. $25

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