$44.00 USD

"Achillea" is pure Sauvignon Blanc from asterie limestone—a reference to the fossilized starfish ("asterisks") found throughout the soil here. Christophe harvests it fully ripe, conducts a natural fermentation in used 500-liter barrels, and allows the wine to develop for 18 months in those same barrels. Nothing is added except 20 mg/L of sulfur toward the end of the élevage, and malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur. This last point is especially relevant, as Achillea veers far from the mainstream grass-and-gooseberries of most Sauvignon Blanc, and into the realm of lusciousness and honeyed amplitude that puts the taster in the mind of great Chenin Blanc or Roussanne.