This Pinor Noir is grown on clay-limestone soils around the Eric Louis family estate in Thauvenay, in the east of Sancerre.
Grapes are harvested at night and pressed slowly to extract the best from the fruit, then cool fermented over the course of three weeks. The wine rests on fine lees in stainless steel, before filtering and bottling in the spring.
Light garnet in colour, the nose is fruity and floral, rose petals, peony and violets intermingling with cranberry and wild strawberry. Firm tannins and a fresh acidity give structure to a smooth, fruit-laden palate, puckering redcurrant balanced out by sweet raspberry and blueberry flavours, with a lovely clean crunch on the finish.
You can enjoy this lightly chilled as an aperitif, or with light dishes like chicken salad or mild cheeses.
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