Alexandre Bain, a young vigneron located since 2007 in Tracy-sur-Loire, is a member of the French natural wine association AVN. The estate is composed of 11 hectares, 100% Sauvignon – as you may have guessed, we’re in Pouilly-Fumé. But here there are at least two different soil types: Portlandian-era limestone (135 million years old) covering 8 hectares, with little to no arable soil, an abundance of stones, which bring round, full flavours, and a great deal of sunshine. This is the type of soil that gives us the cuvées Pierre Précieuse and Terre d'Obus. The other soil is Kimmeridgian era limestone (marl with little oysters - 140 million years old), more rich and loamy, but more difficult to work, and which brings more structure, length and finesse to the wine. This is where the cuvée Mademoiselle M. is born, a wine with zero sulphur added. In terms of vinification, there’s no technological or oenological interference, the yeasts are indigenous, no enzymes are added. The wines are not fined. The first mentioned cuvées received a minute quantity of sulphur at bottling. What results are clean, razor-sharp, highly expressive, very rich, gourmand wines. A free expression of place and life.
Pierre Précieuse 2016 is a ripe Sauvignon, with notes of acacia honey, cane sugar, and elderberry flower... A fluid palate, thirst-quenching, bursting with freshness.
100% Sauvignon, cultivated on Portlandian-era limestone (135 million years old), with a thin layer of very rocky, clayey sand soil which brings great roundness to the wines. Vines planted in 1977. As for vinification, there's zero technological or oenological meddling: indigenous yeasts, no added enzymes, the wines are neither fined nor filtered. Pierre Précieuse receives a minuscule dose of sulphur at bottling: 1 g/hl. Yields: 35 hl/ha. Matured 14 months in vats. The estate is certified organic and biodynamic.
Alexandre Bain Pierre Précieuse 2016