Sancerre d’Antan Silex 2016, essentially the mecca for Sauvignon Blanc. The region Sancerre is in the Loire Valley and located on the eastern reaches. Sauvignon Blanc grapes meet three different soil types here. The first, Terre Blanche, a mix of clay, Kimmeridgian limestone. Caillotes is the second type comprising small pebbles of limestone. Finally, Silex which is flint. Silex is one of the most interesting soils for Sauvignon Blanc to grow on. It’s quite rare and therefore the wines are hard to find. Sometimes pricey, they always over-deliver. Only a hand few of producers have access to these soils, lucky for you we have connections. Domaine Henri Bourgeois, now in its 11th generation. The Domaine covers 72 hectares of the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations. Brought to fruition by Henri Bourgeois over 50 years ago, the vineyards lie on some of the most rugged hillside terrains, offering the best exposures in the Loire Valley. Though the family is forever striving to perfect their craft, they remain committed to Henri’s original viticultural vision of showcasing the purity of the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes and the unique beauty of the Loire Valley. The wine itself is handpicked, gently pressed and fermented in very old oak which adds texture not flavour. Its matured on fine lees, again adding weight to the palate. It’s naturally stabilised with no fining or filtration. Delicate aromatics of lemon, apple and touches of pineapple. Its palate is fresh and crisp but weighted. Layered and complex throughout with a long scented finish. Here are some rules, if you like Sauvignon Blanc, try something from the Loire if you like that get something from Sancerre if your game enough after that, find a Silex. It will change your life.