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Gerard Fiou Sancerre Silex
A Top Sancerre at a Bottom Price
June 6, 2023
Light, fresh Sancerre has long been a staple of Parisian seafood bistros. It become the favorite of the summer seafood set here. That and reduced recent vintages have driven its price up.
Our best, modestly priced Sancerre has been the Gerard Fliou Sancerre Silex. Decanter has included the 2022 in their list of the best 2022 Loire Valley whites they have tasted this year. It is also by far the least expensive Sancerre., a great value when the price of very good Sancerre is in the $40 range.
Gerard Fiou is a small domaine based in Saint-Satur noted for its soils rich in flint (silex in French). The Famille Bourgeois took it over in 2005 and runs it separately from its other domaines. Florent Bourgeois has been in charge since 2013. Before this, he had gained wide experience both in France and also in California, Argentina, and at Clos Henri, the Bourgeois property in New Zealand.
Stainless steel fermentation makes for crispness, while less aging adds richness and depth
2022 Gerard Fiou Sancerre Silex “Golden flecks with a hint of green, this pithy wine shows rich yellow plum and an opulent, vibrant texture reflecting its flinty terroir. This is a precise wine with a long finish. The 2022 is naturally a little tight at present but has clear potential and should develop further in bottle. Highly Recommended” $28.99, Case 23.99
If you prefer something more evolved and readier to drink, we have some of the very good 2021 in stock now
Decanter from notes made last year:
2022 Gerard Fiou Sancerre Silex Light citrus aromas and mouth-filling ripe fruit nicely balanced by its refreshing acidity in its long finish. This promising, charming Sancerre should develop further in bottle. Highly Recommended $28.99, Case 23.99
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A note: The 100-point wine scoring systems suggest an objectivity and precision they don't deserve. Most publications say what their point ranges really mean in few words, which are the rating we list at the end of a writer’s notes.
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