Andrew Guard

2019 Touraine Blanc 'Le Petit Buisson', Clos de Tue-Boeuf

100% Sauvignon Blanc. Tue Boeuf has been purchasing and harvesting this fruit for 15 years from a nearby Cher Valley site called Petit Buisson, a single 1.4-hectare parcel of 35-year-old vines on flinty clay and limestone soils, organically farmed and hand-harvested. Fermented with natural yeasts and aged on its lees with stirring in used Burgundy barrels for 6 months; bottled unfiltered and with a minute amount of sulfur. It is beautifully fresh, tight and elegant with lovely texture and fragrance. Wonderfully refreshing, contemplative, satisfying and incredibly drinkable - if only more Sauvignon was this good..

Clos de Tue-Bœuf is run by two brothers, Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat, who tend their 10-hectare family estate in Les Montils (in the Cheverny AOC) and rent 6 hectares in a village nearby, in the Touraine AOC. The brothers were luck, their father had always worked Clos du Tue Boeuf with a very limited range of organic products and so the soils are alive; he also had never machine-harvested his vineyards or used industrial yeasts. The resultant wines are vibrant, translucent, and explosively flavourful and in many ways taste like they are home-made in that they have an honesty, truthfulness and wholesomeness in their flavours.