100% Pinot Noir from 20 to 25 year old vines, planted on a clay/limestone soil. The grapes are manually harvested, then go through pneumatic pressing and cold racking. Fermented with 35 to 40% 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. 1000 cases produced.
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