Sancerre – Le Chemin de Marloup
100% Sauvignon Blanc from 30 year old vines planted on the clay-limestone, south-facing slopes of the Grand-Chemarin and Côteaux de Marloup vineyards. Picard has planted Sauvignon Blanc clones that produce small berries of aromatic intensity. The grapes are hand-picked, pressed gently (whole clusters, which helps drain and extract the juice), then cold racked (débourbage à froid). The wine is fermented very slowly with 50% natural yeast and aged on the lees for a minimum of 4 months. The goal is to maintain the bright aromatics and freshness of the lively Sauvignon Blanc fruit. Picard’s Sancerre represents the pinnacle of stainless-steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc, with a mineral bouquet and a clean, refreshing finish. 6700 cases average.
About the Producer
The Picard family has been making wines in Sancerre since the 1600s. Today they produce 8,350 cases between two cuvées of white, two cuvées of red and their rose. Mickael Picard is in charge of the domaine since 2004.
The wines produced by this small, 14 hectare domaine (spread over 45 different parcels) are proof that not all Sancerres are created equal. As Sancerre is a large appellation, the best villages have developed their own reputation for quality, with Bué considered one of the finest. The vineyard slopes surrounding this hamlet have outstanding clay-limestone soils, sunny southwestern exposures and ideal elevations which Mickael farms sustainably (culture raisonnée). The grapes are always hand-harvested (while 90% of the producers in Sancerre harvest mechanically) and the Sancerre Blanc is produced from the very select Grand Chemarin and Chêne Marchand vineyards. Superb terroir and limited production translate into very generous and gratifying wines.
Farming/vinification practices: sustainable. Grass is allowed to partially grow in the vineyards. The wines are vegan - the whites and rosés are fined with bentonite while the reds are unfined.
Jean-Paul Picard & Fils