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Fie Gris by Eric Chevalier, Loire, France 2015

Fie Gris by Eric Chevalier, Loire, France 2015
I was tipped off about Eric Chevalier's operation in a little wine bar in Nantes when I was cycling through in 2016. He took over his family estate back in 2005 and since then has gradually established himself as one of the region's rising stars (or enfant terrible depending on who you ask).
Muscadet is the main wine produced in the area, but it is Eric's Fié Gris that has really thrust him into the spotlight. Sometimes known as Sauvignon Gris, this is an ancient Loire variety which combines the fruitiness and zip of Sauvignon Blanc with the lushness and aromatics of Alsace Pinot Gris.

 

There are only about 100 hectares of it left in the Loire (Eric has 2.5 of them), but it is sensational stuff and Eric has been winning awards left right and centre for his.

Further Details

Region: The estate covers 27 hectares in the Pays de Retz. A small area at the western, Atlantic end of the Loire Valley, just to the south west of Nantes. The wine is categorised as a Vin de Pays du Val de Loire. This being one of the 140 or so Vin de Pays regions found in France.

Offered: April 2017.

Price was: £14.95.

Alcohol: 13.5% abv.

Vintage report: 2015 was a good vintage. Generally thought to be about an 8 out of 10. Yields were a little low and Autumn rains caused a bit of trouble for growers in the western Loire, but a hot, dry summer across the region meant the wines have plenty of ripeness.

Drinking window: 2017 – 2019.

Food matching: Delicious as an aperitif but would pair well with seafood or summer salads.