Vincent Pinard

Vincent Pinard Loire Valley, France.

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.’
Clive Coates, The Wines and Domaines of France

‘Top notch Sancerres from a leading family domaine. Every bottling is recommended.’
Jacqueline Friedrich, The Wines of France

2015 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.

‘Tight and stony on the palate but there’s very nice fruit intensity …Very persistent and refined. Drink 2017-2021.’ 17.5 points, Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, January 2016.

2015 Sancerre Nuance
From 40 year-old vines grown on Caillottes terroir (small stones over limestone) in Bué, selected from the vineyards of both Petit Chemarin and Le Château. The fruit is hand picked, hand-sorted and then whole-bunch pressed to tank for a cool and slow fermentation lasting about 4 weeks. The wine is aged on fine lees for 9 months in approximately two-thirds tank and one-third larger format, second-use barrels.

2015 Sancerre Le Château
A new release in 2015, Le Château sits on a south-west facing slope above the winery and is planted to 47 year-old vines on Caillottes over chalky limestone. The fruit is hand picked, hand-sorted and then whole-bunch pressed, followed by fermentation and ageing predominantly in 600 litre barrels, with a smaller proportion done in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged on fine lees for 9 months before bottling.

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.

2011 Sancerre Rosé (Sold Out)
Aged 1/3 in barrel and 2/3 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.

2010 Sancerre Rouge Vendanges Entières (Sold Out)
This wine is made from vines aged 35 years grown organically in the clay/limestone soils of La Pèlerine. With a density of 7000 vines/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.