Vincent Pinard Sancerre Flores
Min. Quantity: 3
Domaine Vincent Pinard, now run by brothers Clement and Florent Pinard produce an outstanding suite of wines, especially their flag-bearer, the Flores Sancerre. This wine can be found in many of France's 3 star restaurants, some of which have been pouring and listing it for 50 years or more, highlighting the consistency of this domaine. Fine, citrussy and with just a hint of classical Sancerre smokiness, this is a stunning wine. Bright, fresh, delicious and intriguingly good.
Expert Reviews & Awards
"The 2020 Sancerre Flores is fine, elegant and floral. Textured and light in body, there’s a delightful tension through the soft core; a light citrusy note accompanies a savoury leesy character alongside apricot and nectarine. On the medium length, the Sauvignon note of boxwood peeps out reminding you of the variety. Drink 2022-2028." 89 Points
Vinous Media - Rebecca Gibbs July 2022
The fruit for the Florès is selected from the younger vines (but now pushing 40 years old!) in the vineyard, around Bué, all estate owned. The key vineyards are Emois, Vallons, Petit Chemarin, Le Bourg, Crépon, Dargente and Bois Brulés. The wine was fermented in 80% large oak cask and 20% stainless steel, as the brothers have progressively increased the use of large oak over the last several years. The result is a wine that is still crisp and racy in the classic Sancerre style, but also with more texture, depth and complexity than it had 10 years ago.
About Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc A good Sauvignon Blanc should be zesty and alive. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most distinctive white wine grape varieties, known for its intense fresh ‘green’ aromas and invigorating high acidity. Sauvignon blanc makes a dry, pale coloured, light to medium bodied wine. The aromas are distinctive, sometimes even piercing, yet intriguing and attractive. There is no ignoring the distinctively spiky, high notes that jump right out of the glass and follow through onto the tongue. This youthful vibrancy and overt exuberance is its beauty and it awakens the senses and enhances most foods. The grape variety requires a cooler climate to maintain its acidity, freshness and its distinctive varietal profile. It is for this reason that Australia producers seek vineyard sites in such areas as South Australia’s Adelaide Hills and Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Key facts about Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc’s homeland is the Loire Valley in France. The wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé are the most famous. It is also grown in Bordeaux, in neighboring districts to its famous red offspring, cabernet sauvignon. Recently, New World countries have adopted the variety to great effect, especially New Zealand, Chile, South Africa, the USA (California and Washington state), and of course Australia. The wines show a pale, straw yellow colour. Held against a white background, distinctive green tinges are often visible. On the nose, sauvignon blanc shows pointed and piercing aromas which carry through onto the palate. Flavours range from grass, herbs, gooseberry and the scent of tom cats, to more tropical characters such as passionfruit and kiwi fruit. Sauvignon blanc is one of those varieties that tends to taste exactly as it smells. The main impression on the palate is the high and refreshing acidity that dances on the sides of the tongue and leaves the mouth watering – it really lets you know it’s there! Sauvignon blanc is not usually produced with any oak treatment, however an oaked version has evolved, called fume blanc. This is most popular in California. Whilst sauvignon blanc makes delicious, single varietal wines, it is a great mixer. It is often blended with semillon and occasionally chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc in Australia In Australia, we produce a number of sauvignon blancs from our coolest vine-producing regions. Western Australia, particularly Margaret River, Victoria, particularly the Yarra Valley, and South Australia, particularly the Adelaide Hills are the best suited areas in Australia for sauvignon blanc. The wines share a common varietal grassiness and herbaceousness, but also intense tropical fruit notes that the intensity of the Australian light helps develop. Tasting Australian sauvignon blanc you will experience citrus, lime, passionfruit and kiwi fruit flavours. The wines are zesty and fresh, unwooded and light to medium bodied.
About Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is a large and diverse wine region, located in western France, along the River Loire. Known for producing white wines with refreshing acidity such as such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc as well as red wines such Cabernet Franc. There are four sub regions in the Loire Valley, they are Nantais, Anjou Saumur, Touraine and Central Vineyards. The Central Vineyards has two France's most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc appellations; Sancerre and Pouilly- Fume. The sub region of Touraine contains the appellation of Vouvray,
Wine Body: Light Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Organic / Vegan: Biodynamic
Non Alcoholic: No
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