Lucky You! 2019, Laurent Saillard (Loire, France)

Lucky You! 2019, Laurent Saillard (Loire, France)

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Grapes: Sauvignon, Chardonnay
Style: White
ABV: 13%
Certification: Organic, biodynamic
Any added sulphites: Minimal
Filtered: Yes
Size: 75cl

Lucky You! is a blend of Sauvignon and Chardonnay all from the Clos Roche Blanche vineyard. Though for some people it is a contentious issue of Sauvignon or Chardonnay, in this part of the Loire this blend is actually quite typical historically. The Sauvignon gives fruit and an edge, the Chardonnay minerality and structure. In an increasingly hot climate the grapes are ripening faster with less acidity, so Laurent looks for a bitterness to give backbone in the wine. A wine of immense drinkability, with wonderful texture and fruit. 

Laurent is a frenchman who moved to New York as a young man, helping to open Balthazar and then starting one of the first natural wine bars in New York. Eventually he made the move into producing himself. He started off working for other growers, principally Noella Morantin making his own wines on the side, but when the historic Clos Roche Blanche vineyard came up for sale, he in conjunction with another of our producers Julien Pineau, bought the vineyard from Didier & Catherine and they split the vineyard between them.