Jean-Paul Picard Sancerre Rosé 2019
The Picard family has been making wines in Sancerre since the 1600s. Today they produce 8,350 cases between the two cuvées of white wines, the red and the rosé, from their small, 14 hectare domaine, spread over 45 different parcels. Picard is 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 Picard farms sustainably (culture raisonnée). Picard always harvests his grapes manually (90% of the producers in Sancerre harvest mechanically) and he makes his fine Sancerre Blanc from the very select Grand Chemarin and Chêne Marchand vineyards. Superb terroir and limited production translate into very generous and gratifying wines.
The Sancerre rosé is made of 100% Pinot Noir from 15- 20 year old vines, planted on a clay/limestone soil. The grapes are manually harvested, then go through pneumatic pressing and cold racking. Fermented with 70% 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. Only 666 cases produced.
Sustainable, vegan and made with indigenous yeasts, this Sancerre rosé has a lovely, deep pink color, and opens with bright aromatic notes of exotic fruit, flowers and stony minerals. On the palate the wine is full bodied and balanced with delicately fruity yet dry notes at the end. This wine is great with grilled meats and cooked pork meats and also all day long especially in the summer.
|Region||France, Loire Valley, Sancerre|