Frederic Brochet founded his winery in 1995, just a few years after he made his first wine with two tanks, three barrels and a bucket. That rather auspicious beginning in the Loire Valley has turned into a very credible, completely organic enterprise crafting small lots of exceptional wine.
Though the winery is relatively young, the site is not. Records of wine being produced here go back over 1,000 years. The Loire is known as "The Land of a Thousand Castles" as they dot its scenic river. It all begins at the western seaboard of France and continues for 600 miles to end at basically the center of the country. Because the river is a meandering soul, the total length of it is over 1,000 miles. A trip along its scenic venues is breathtaking.
The label says Sauvignon Blanc, but the lines underneath, Special Origin Fie Gris and the Vallee de la Loire, tells us that it is a clone of Sauvignon Blanc called Sauvignon Gris. Gris in French means "grey" and refers to the greyish color of the skin, which turns into a greenish hue in the finished wine.
The grapes are crushed with the skins, a practice seldom used with white wines. This produces more structure and acid, which fortunately the effusive flavors of the grape can handle. This procedure presents a rather powerful myriad of guava and quince with a clean finish to complement raw oysters or loup de mers with tomato concasse.