Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
From 40 year-old vines grown on Caillottes terroir (small stones over limestone) in Bué, selected from the vineyards of both Petit Chemarin and Le Château. The fruit is hand picked, hand-sorted and then whole-bunch pressed to tank for a cool and slow fermentation lasting about 4 weeks. The wine is aged on fine lees for 9 months in approximately two-thirds tank and one-third larger format, second-use barrels. This shows a big step up in texture and intensity with a hint of smokiness and chalky minerality with notable intensity in aromas and on the palate.
'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.