100% Pinot Noir, from 30 year old vines planted on a clay/limestone soil. The yield averages 50 hl/ha. The vines are cordon/spur trained (a method that produces less shoots) to generate lower yields and more concentration. Debudding and green harvest, leaving 8 to 10 clusters per vine for better concentration. The grapes are manually harvested, then go on a vibrating sorting table. Cold maceration from 48 to 72 hours to obtain more color and aromas. Fermented with 70% indigenous yeasts and aged for a minimum of 10 months. Fined and filtered before bottling. A rich Sancerre, with plenty of flesh and powerful aromas of red fruits (cherry and raspberry). Can keep for 7 to 8 years. 1333 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