Les Fredins, Sancerre, Gitton Père & Fils, Silex
By Pete's Provisions
WHY WE LOVE THIS WINE
Great fruitiness of crunchy apples, citrus and melon. Lively acidity. Some yeasty characteristics resulting in a wine with texture, minerality and some ageing potential. Nice touch to add the soil type Silex.
ABOUT THE WINERY
Starting with a small plot in the 1940s the Gitton family discovered and pioneered single-site, terroir-focused Sancerres, planted on what became the famous ’Silex’ flint slopes. Pascal Gitton is the current scion at the helm of Domaine Gitton. The estate began life as a 1.5-hectare parcel near Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre that his grandmother farmed in addition to running a bistro and épicerie. From these beginnings, the total of the family’s various holdings is now close to 27 hectares. Having grown to 3.5 hectares, the foundational site, whose calcareous soil is known as “Caillottes” locally, contributes the fruit for the Les Montachins bottling.
These sites have since become celebrated thanks to the likes of Francois Cotat and Didier Dagueneau. Indeed Dagueneau cited Gitton as his inspiration, with Pascal passing on his philosophy and knowledge to the famed producer in the early 1990s.
“Why should my Sancerre cost more than a Pessac Leognan Cru Classé; I am a Sancerre producer, I make wines that used to be sold in jugs!”. In all this is an incredible story, matched by sensational quality and we strongly urge anyone who enjoys serious white wine to sample Domaine Gitton.
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