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12 October 2004

St. Bris: Mineral Zing

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Saint Bris, which is Southwest of Chablis in the Burgundy region of France, was promoted to AOC status in 2001.  Who cares?  Well, it's unique in that all AOC (highest quality wines) white Burgundy is made from Chardonnay.  Saint Bris wines are made from Sauvignon Blanc.  Some refer to this as 'poor man's Sancerre.'

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A nice example of this wine is made by Verget:

Verget Saint Bris Sauvignon, '02 ($15-$20)
Very pale straw color; seems to have a slight hint of green undertones
Mostly non-fruit scents of mineral, chalk, 'wet river rock' along with some limey-cirtus
Bone dry and crisp in the mouth.  Delicate flavors with definite mouth-watering effects.  A great change of pace from the creeping global style of fruity/oaky wines.
**** (4 stars out of 5)

Try it with seafood bisques, pasta with white sauce, herbed & roasted chicken.

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