Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
100% Sauvignon Blanc. This is the main cuvée at this estate, coming from a number of different parcels, all planted on Kimmeridgian marl. It was vinified in stainless steel.
70% tank fermented and 30% barrel aged. As the name suggests this cuvee is very floral with fine delicate aromas. 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. Purity and finesse abound in this absolutely classic Sancerre.
‘Light straw-yellow colour, with a creamy lees and straw-hay, lightly toasty, cashew-nutty bouquet. In the mouth, it's delicate and crisp, intense and dry, refined and seamlessly-textured. Properly dry balance. A superb and classically styled sauvignon. Drink 2019–2025.’ 94 points, Huon Hooke, October 2019.
‘This is a cuvée from caillottes [little limestone stones], a step up from entry-level, which is Clémence. This is filled with lightly bitter citrus fruits on the nose, quite minerally, with a harmony to the fruit wrapped around it. The palate is delightfully pure, with a supple substance, elegant and well formed. It has a good weight of citrus fruits, peach fruit and peach-skin bitterness, with a little minerally-salty edge to it adding interest. It feels phenolic, with a slowly building bitterness, but it is balanced and integrated. A lovely wine in the making.’ (93-95) points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor, February 2018.
'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. Cuvée 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.