Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre Rouge 2017
The Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre Rouge ia a medium bodied red with delicate Pinot Noir strawberry and cranberry tones with hints of cloves through to a fresh and balanced finish.
Producer Note - Domaine de la Villaudière is owned by Jean-Marie Reverdy together with his son Guillaume. Handed down through several generations, this 15 hectare family estate overlooks the pretty village of Verdigny. The unique location offers stunning views of the famous Sancerre hill and its vineyards. Patience, perseverance and precision are the bywords of all those involved in Domaine de la Villaudière. From the management of the vineyards to the production of the wines, the family continues to build on the work begun by the previous generations, which gives their wines a captivating blend of authenticity and modernity.
Vintage - In 2016 spring frosts caused significant crop loss in the Loire Valley. Fortunately warm, sunny weather from July onwards and good conditions throughout the harvest period resulted in healthy grapes with beautiful balance and vibrant fruit flavours.
Vineyard - The vines are cultivated according to “la lutte rainsonnée', using sustainable agricultural methods and reducing the amount of chemicals, in order to respect the land and its environment. The Pinot Noir vines are 40 years old and are reaching the pinnacle of their quality potential. Half of the vineyard is made up of a clay-limestone soil locally referred to as "Terres Blanches", which translates as white soils, while the remaining half is a drier, stony limestone soil called "Caillotes", which incorporates small pebbles. The vines undergo debudding and the leaves are thinned during the summer months.
Winemaking - Following a rigorous sorting process, the grapes underwent a cold maceration in stainless steel which lasted for a few days. During the maceration the cap was deliberately kept submerged, this technique resulted in a light, fruity wine. The grapes were then pressed, followed by a temperature controlled fermentation and then malolactic fermentation. The wine spent several months' ageing on the lees in stainless steel tanks, before being stabilised and clarified prior to bottling.
Tasting Note - This wine opens with a delectable blend of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry fruits combined with notes of wild red fruits. Supple with a silky texture and fine, maturing tannins through to an elegant finish.
Serving Suggestion - This red Sancerre is a perfect match with poultry, roast pork dishes, game or goat's cheese.
Grape Pinot Noir 100%
Winemaker: Jean-Marie Reverdy
Region: Loire Sub region: Sancerre Country: France
BodyValue: C (A is light, E is full bodied)
Residual Sugar: 0.8
Contains Sulphites: Yes