Domaine Nebout L’Incompris du Tressallier 2020
Tressallier is the source of one of France’s oldest, rarest and most vibrant white wines, and Domaine Nebout is the family that is helping to return this grape to the hallowed status it once held.
Tressallier combines the delicious tension of Chablis with the chalky notes characteristic of Loire Valley Sauvignon in a wine that is bone dry, vibrantly flavored and invigorating. Almost disappearing from the wine map during the phylloxera blight in France, Tressallier today is grown on less than 90 acres of land worldwide—and all of those are located in Saint-Pourçain, one of France’s oldest wine regions.
For three generations, the Nebout family has cultivated Tressallier and is one of the few estates that craft a pure, 100% Tressallier wine.
REGION: FRANCE • Loire Valley • Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
APPELLATION: Vin de France
BLEND: 100% Tressallier
VINEYARDS: Estate vines, facing southeast, grow on gravel-rich, alluvial soils on an ancient riverbed. The region of Saint-Pourçain sits at altitude, some 900 to 1,200 feet above sea level.
AGE OF VINES: 20+ years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Destemmed; juice chilled overnight to settle. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks. Aged briefly in tank on fine lees and bottled in spring.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of citrus zest, crushed stones, light herbs, fresh nuts. Tangy and fresh, light bodied with bright acid and good balance.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: As a refreshing aperitif with cold cuts or appetizers; light salads; fresh French cheeses; grilled chicken with herbs
NOTES: French law as of the 2016 vintage prevents 100% Tressallier wines to be labeled under the Saint-Pourçain AOC. This is the the same wine as the estate’s former ‘Le Tressallier de Gravières,’ now a Vin de France.