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. 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.
‘This has a very pure style on the nose, with delicate citrus fruits rubbed over limestone, with an appealing smoky edge. The palate feels correspondingly fresh and pure, cool and bright, with a gentle and bitter pithy seam, around which there is wrapped a supple texture and substance. A very attractive style, with lots of bitter energy to it, and a nice acid thread which holds it together. Very well done.’ (93-95) points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor, February 2019.
‘Domaine Vincent Pinard in Bué is now run by Vincent’s children, Florent and Clémente Pinard, and their 2018 Sancerre “Florès” is a lovely example of the vintage. The fruit for this cuvée hails from vines planted between 1982 and 1987 on pure terres blanches, so they are reaching a very good age now and the Pinards ferment this bottling half in stainless steel and half in cask for added depth and complexity. The 2018 version offers up a bright and classic nose of gooseberry, lime, fresh-cut grass, a lovely base of chalky soil tones and a top-note of citrus peel. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and nicely soil-driven, with a plump core of vibrant fruit, sound framing acids and a long, complex and nicely balanced finish. Like many 2018 Sancerre, this will probably not make old bones, but it will be very tasty during its prime. 2020-2025.’ John Gilman, View from the Cellar, June 2020
“Vincent Pinard and his two sons share a winemaking heritage that can be traced back several centuries in and around Bué, and their family tree begins in the early years of the 17th century, long before the French Revolution rocked this nation, and well before the slopes around Sancerre were carpeted with Sauvignon Blanc.” thewinedoctor.com