100% Pinot Noir from 15 to 20 year old vines, planted on a clay/limestone soil. The grapes are manually harvested, then go through pneumatic pressing and cold racking. Fermented with 70% indigenous yeasts. Aged on its lees for a minimum of 4 to 6 months, then fined and filtered before bottling. Jean-Paul Picard makes a Sancerre rosé that is every bit as compelling as his Sancerre Blanc – unabashedly purist in style, this wine exhibits the pure essence of Pinot Noir: strawberry and raspberry fruit, chalky minerals, earthy counterpoints to the fruit, and vivid acidity. 666 cases produced.
About the Producer
The Picard family has been making wines in Sancerre since the 1600s. Today they produce 8,350 cases between the two cuvées of white wines, the red and the rose.
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 Picard farms sustainably (culture raisonnée). Picard always harvests his grapes manually (90% of the producers in Sancerre harvest mechanically) and he makes his fine Sancerre Blanc 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