Alexandre Bain ‘Pierre Précieuse’
Alexandre Bain ‘Pierre Précieuse’ – a weighty, plump expression of Sauvignon Blanc blooms on the nose and blossoms on the palette. The grapes are grown on Kimmeridgien soils (limestone with oyster marls) but this cuveé offers a particular delicacy. The Sauvignon grapes are planted in a special parcel called ‘Les Courtes Echines’. This roughly translates as ‘the short spines’; the soil here is packed with limestone pebbles that retain the sun’s heat. This release of warmth during plummeting temperatures lends an almost over-ripe richness to the wine. Balanced layers of pomelo, mandarin and peach jostle with grapefruit and speckles of nettle. A clean, somewhat creamy palette surge vehemently forth to a crisp, mineral finish. Ultimately, a waltzing bottle of indelible freshness.
This fulcrum of natural wine-making is a wonderful rarity. He was not born into viticulture; his grandfather owned a few acres in the Pouilly-Fumé area which Alexandre would later build upon. Having completed stints in California, the Loire and Ventoux, he began expanding his grandfather’s plots and today tends to 11 hectares. He harvests roughly two weeks later than other producers in his region, lending his wines their darker hue. Furthermore, he trains his vines low so as to maximise the grapes’ acidity. As well as choosing to plough with a horse (Phenoméne), he harvests by hand and promotes biodiversity across the vineyards. The introduction of beehives and fruit trees are just two examples of this promotion; he has wholly subscribed to the art of healing. Alexandre aims to produce terroir-driven wines that express the domaine’s unique parcels.
Alexandre Bain ‘Pierre Précieuse’ – sees a gentle pressing of whole bunches before a five-week fermentation. The wine remains on its lees for up to 24 months in concrete tanks and racking occurs one month before bottling. Viticultural prowess of the highest degree.
Alexandre Bain ‘Pierre Précieuse’ – Balanced layers of pomelo, mandarin and peach jostle with grapefruit and speckles of nettle. A clean, somewhat creamy palette surge vehemently forth to a crisp, mineral finish. Ultimately, a waltzing bottle of indelible freshness.