Vincent Pinard: Sancerre (Loire)
“Top notch Sancerres from a leading family domaine. Every bottling is recommended.” Jacqueline Freidrich ‘The wines of France’
Vincent Pinard is one of the most innovative and dedicated producers of the Loire Valley. He has 10 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 2.5 hectares of Pinot Noir, planted mainly on the hard chalky land of the commune of Bué. These wines are made in the vineyard where low yields result in exquisitely elegant wines of great subtlety, complexity and concentration.
”Vincent Pinard’s top vineyards are in the Clos du Chene Marchand lieu-dit from which come the three special cuvees. He was one of the first Sancerre winemakers to vinify in barrel and remains one of the few to have achieved the correct oak balance. Cuvee Flores (made without oak) is concentrated , flowery and old viney; Nuance is a mixture of one-third barrel and two-thirds tank fermented wine and is subtle and persistent. Harmonie is entirely vinified in wood and is an exotic, and more obviously oaky wine. There is a splendid finesse throughout the range and these wines are much in demand.” From CLIVE COATES “The Wines and Domaines of FRANCE”
White wine 100% Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Sancerre ‘Florès’
100% tank fermented and aged. As the name suggests this cuvee is very floral. Fine crisp and very classic there is plenty of fruit here, lemon, lime and grapefruit zest with a ripe juicy acidity, a strong complex terroir dimension is obvious, too, with its chalky, mineral touches.
2011 Sancerre ‘Petit Chemarin’
From one of the best vineyards in Sancerre this is the first vintage of a single vineyard cuvee from Vincent Pinard and stunning wine it is too. Aged 1/2 in barrel and 1/2 in tank. Fine and minerally with a little texture from the oak component this finishes with outstanding drive and acidity. Stunning.
Dry Rose Wine 100% Pinot Noir
2011 Sancerre Rose
Aged 1/3rd in barrel and 2/3rds in tank. From younger very densely planted vines (10,000/ha) on a limestone‐based vineyard, this offers delightful aromatics and racy grapefruit and red berry flavours. Intense, clear and pure flavours conveyed across the palate by a fine and crystalline line of acidity.
Dry Red Wine 100% Pinot Noir
2010 Sancerre Rouge Vendanges Entières
This wine is made from vines aged 35 years grown organically in the clay/limestone soils of La Pèlerine. With a density of 7000 plants/ha and a lowly yield of 25hl/ha this is a very distinctive Pinot Noir. The grapes are fully hand harvested and sorted before crushing with no destemming. There is only seven barrels of this wine made with 15% new oak. The wine is not pumped nor filtered. As expected the wine has both elegance and power, ripeness and density. Smoked cinnamon, red fruits that are both floral and fleshy, this wine has a solid backbone of acidity and fine tannins that frame a seamless palate.