The wine appellation Saint-Bris in Burgundy(an Appellation d'origine contrôlée status) produces white wines from the Sauvingon Blanc grape.
The appellation is centered around the village Saint-Bris-le-Vineux, but also includes the communes of Chitry, Irancy, Quenne and Vincelottes in the Yonne department, southwest of the Chablis appellation. It encompasses just over 100 hectares of vineyard.
Saint-Bris is a notable exception among all other Burgundy wine appellations, as wines are made from Sauvignon grapes (Sauvignon blanc and Sauvignon gris), rather than from the ubiquitous Chardonnay – the designated variety in Burgundies. In fact Saint-Bris is the only Burgundy AOC that permits Sauvignon in its wines.
Chardonnay or Pinot Noir is also planted in the commune of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux but the wines are not included in the Saint-Bris AOC – they are classified in the appellation Côtes d'Auxerre.
The Saint-Bris wines are elegant, subtle and less pronounced than their Sauvignon Blanc counterparts of the Loire Valley (Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé)