Country: France Region: Saint Pourçain (Loire) Varietal: Blend: 20% Tressalier 80% Chardonnay Vintage: 2011 Body: medium Alcohol: 13% saint pourcain
For centuries, the most important local grape was Tressallier. Historical records show that it flourished in Saint-Pourçain as nowhere else, but has since been eclipsed by Chardonnay. Denis Barbara has revived Tressallier, making it one of his signature grapes. In this Chardonnay-dominated blend we get raw honey, lavender, tart apple and apricot. But don’t be fooled—this wine is dry. A bracing acidity balances all that lovely fruit, coming through on the palate with a stony, chalky minerality. The slightly creepy label makes this one especially memorable.